Disneyland Shuts Down Two Cooling Towers After Visitors Sickened With Legionnaires’ Disease
"There is no longer any known risk associated with our facilities," a park official says.
Disneyland shut down two cooling towers this week after a small number of visitors to the park were sickened with Legionnaires’ disease, park officials told The Hollywood Reporter.
“On Oct. 27, we learned from the Orange County Health Care Agency of increased Legionnaires’ disease cases in Anaheim," Dr. Pamela Hymel, chief medical officer for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, said in a statement to THR. "We conducted a review and learned that two cooling towers had elevated levels of Legionella bacteria. These towers were treated with chemicals that destroy the bacteria and are currently shut down."
The park shared its information with the Orange County health experts, Hymel said, and "they have indicated there is no longer any known risk associated with our facilities.”
Twelve cases of Legionnaires' disease are being investigated by OC health experts; among those are nine patients who visited the park in September, according to the The Orange County Register.
Jessica Good, a spokeswoman for the OC Health Care Agency, told the newspaper on Friday that 12 people, ages 52 to 94, were diagnosed with Legionnaires’ disease.
Legionnaires' is an airborne disease which causes a form of pneumonia especially dangerous to people 50 years or older. It is not contagious and cannot be transmitted from person to person.