People Contract Legionnaire's Disease After Visiting Disneyland

JAN. 22 2015 FILE

Disneyland has shut down two cooling towers after people who visited the Southern California theme park came down with Legionnaires' disease.

The other three are Orange County residents who didn't visit Disneyland but live or travelled to Anaheim, reported Orange County Health Care Agency spokeswoman Jessica Good, Friday night in response to earlier Voice of OC questions. Their ages ranged from 52 to 94.

Authorities said that visitors are no longer at risk of contracting the disease - a severe lung infection caused by exposure to contaminated water or mist.

According to Mayo Clinic, "People who have been affected by the disease often show signs and symptoms such as headache, muscle pain, chills, fever that may be 104 F (40 C) or higher, cough (accompanying sometimes by mucus and blood), shortness of breath, chest pain, gastrointestinal symptoms, such as nausea, vomiting and diarrhea, delusions and other mental disorders etc". Those towers were chemically treated and shut down to eliminate further infection.

ANAHEIM, CA - DECEMBER 13: Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse Statue at Disneyland's Sleeping Beauty's Holiday Castle and "Believe In Holiday Magic" Fireworks spectacular held at Disneyland Resort on December 13, 2007 in Anaheim, California.


OCHCA were notified that of 11 individuals who were diagnosed with the disease, eight had visited the resort. A Disneyland employee is among those who got sick.

Ten were hospitalized and one person "with additional health issues" died, according to health officials.

An outbreak of Legionnaire's disease in Orange County has been traced to two cooling towers at Disneyland. Older people and those with health issues are particularly at risk.

Disney took the towers out of service again on Tuesday because the health agency required they remain down until test results verify they are free of Legionella contamination. On Nov. 1, more testing and disinfection was performed and the towers were brought back into service on Nov. 5.

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