LOS ANGELES: Disneyland has shut down and decontaminated two cooling towers following an outbreak of Legionnaires illness that sickened 12 individuals, of which 9 are visitors or staff on the theme park in Anaheim, county well being officers stated on Saturday.
One of many three instances of the respiratory sickness not linked to Disneyland was deadly in a person who had further well being points, stated Jessica Good of the Orange County Well being Care Company.
Pamela Hymel — the chief medical officer for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts — stated in a written assertion that after studying of the Legionnaires instances, park officers ordered the cooling towers handled with chemical compounds to destroy the micro organism and shut them down.
Cooling towers present chilly water for numerous makes use of at Disneyland and provides off a vapour or mist that would have carried the Legionella micro organism.
Disneyland — which opened in 1955 and attracts tens of hundreds of tourists a day — is owned by The Walt Disney Firm.
Hymel stated that native well being officers had assured them that there was not any danger to friends or staff of the park.
There was no info on the situation of the remaining eleven victims, because of affected person confidentiality legal guidelines.
Good stated an investigation of Legionnaires cluster found that the 12 individuals sickened by the intense lung illness had travelled to, lived in, or labored in Anaheim in the course of the month of September.
Ten of the victims — who ranged in age from fifty two to ninety four — have been hospitalized.
Legionnaires illness is brought on by the Legionella micro organism and may trigger probably deadly respiratory sickness and pneumonia. Older individuals and people with well being points are notably in danger.
In line with the Orange County well being company Legionella is turning into extra widespread in america and in Orange County, the place fifty five instances have been reported via October 2017, in contrast with fifty three for all of 2016 and 33 in 2015.
Signs develop 2 to 10 days after publicity, the OCHCA stated, and embrace fever, chills, cough, muscle aches, and complications.
It’s handled with antibiotics, which may enhance signs and shorten the size of sickness.
The illness isn’t contagious.
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