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A Legionnaire's Outbreak Near Disneyland Has Now Infected 15 People

A Legionnaire's Outbreak Near Disneyland Has Now Infected 15 People

All the patients lived or had spent time in Anaheim and nine had visited Disneyland in September 2017.

Meanwhile, cleaning and testing of the hotel's water system is continuing to ensure the disease has been eradicated. Following the outbreak of Legionnaires' disease in the region, Disneyland has shut down two cooling towers that were found to have high levels of Legionella bacteria. While many people have no symptoms, it can cause serious pneumonia and prove risky to those with lung or immune system problems.

The towers were then ordered to be taken out of service on November 7 until county health officials deemed them safe.

There have been a total of 15 cases reported following visits to the theme park.

Five months after an outbreak of Legionnaires' disease was reported at the Rio, the number of confirmed cases of the pneumonia-like bacterial illness among guests has risen to seven, with 29 more cases suspected, the Southern Nevada Health District said Tuesday. Prompt treatment with antibiotics usually cures Legionnaires' disease, but if left untreated it can be fatal. Cooling towers are evaporative systems that provide cooled water for various uses such as refrigeration but not for drinking water.




Thirteen out of the 15 patients were hospitalized and two, who had additional health issues, died.

Legionnaires' can cause severe pneumonia and is spread by mist from contaminated water.

Symptoms generally develop within 2 to 10 days of exposure and include fever, chills, muscle aches, and headaches. The patients range in age from 52 to 94. Legionella is a bacteria that grows naturally in lakes and streams.

Cases of Legionnaires' disease have been increasing nationwide and in California in recent years, and officials often struggle to identify where the infections originate.

Neither individual who died visited Disneyland, according to the Register.


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