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Disneyland Decontaminates Cooling Towers Linked to Legionnaire's Disease Outbreak

Disneyland Decontaminates Cooling Towers Linked to Legionnaire's Disease Outbreak
From Gizmodo - November 11, 2017

Disneyland shut down two cooling towers after it was discovered they may have played a role in a small Legionnaires disease outbreak in southern California, the Los Angeles Times reported on Saturday.

According to the paper, the cooling towers in question appear to be associated with the cases of 12 people who spent time in Anaheim and then were discovered to have developed the disease roughly three weeks ago. Nine of the individuals had spent time in Disneyland Park in September, the Orange County Health Care Agency told the paper, and all were aged between 52 and 94. Ten were hospitalized; one who did not visit the park died.

We conducted a review and learned that two cooling towers had elevated levels of Legionella bacteria, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts chief medical officer Dr. Pamela Hymel told the OC Register. These towers were treated with chemicals that destroy the bacteria and are currently shut down ... There is no longer any known risk associated with our facilities.

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