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Disneyland closes down cooling towers over Legionnaires' ' cases

By Susannah Cullinane, CNN

(CNN)– Disneyland Park has actually shut down two cooling towers at its park in Southern California following an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease.

Orange County health officials said nine people who checked out the Anaheim theme park in September established the disease.

An extra three people who had been to Anaheim however not Disneyland got sick too, stated Jessica Good, a spokesperson for the Orange County Healthcare Agency. One client, who had not gone to the park and had extra health concerns, died, she said.

The 12 patients are between ages 52 and 94, and 10 were hospitalized, she said.

CNN has actually reached out to Disneyland for comment however has actually not heard back.

“To date, no additional Legionella cases have actually been related to prospective direct exposure in Anaheim after September,” Good said. “There is no recognized ongoing threat associated with this break out.”

Legionnaires disease is an extreme form of pneumonia triggered by Legionella germs, in some cases found in water supply. It is usually contracted by breathing mist from the water that contains it. The source of the mist can be a/c units in big facilities, showers or jacuzzis. Legionnaires’ illness is not infectious in between people.

County health officials recognized Disneyland Park as a typical place of eight of the cases last month, and have actually been working to recognize possible sources, Good said.

Disneyland Park notified health officials this month that elevated levels of Legionella had been identified in two of its 18 towers, which were then dealt with and decontaminated.

Disneyland took the towers out of service on November 1 and informed the health agency it had actually performed extra disinfecting and testing. It brought the towers back into service November 5, however two days later, they were gotten of service again, she stated.

Health officials subsequently released an order that the towers stay shut down up until they are verified to be free from contamination. The results of the tests will not be known for about 2 weeks.

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