Spread of deadly bacterial disease

Published:  12:12 AM, 13 November 2017

Disneyland shuts down water coolers

Disneyland shuts down water coolers The night view of Disneyland. -AP

Disneyland has shut down two water coolers after several visitors contracted a deadly bacterial infection, authorities said, reports Express.co.uk.

Disneyland voluntarily shut down two water cooling towers in one of its backstage areas after discovering they contained high levels of the bacteria that cause Legionnaires' Disease, according to local reports. The towers were chemically treated to combat the problem and there is no ongoing threat to guests' health.

The Orange County Health Agency said 12 cases of Legionnaires' disease were found three weeks ago, nine of which were people who visited the park in September, the LA Times reported.Health officials said 10 people were hospitalized and one person with "additional health issues" died, but they did not visit Disneyland.

A Disneyland employee fell sick after contracting Legionnaires' disease.In addition, three residents of Anaheim were also sick with the infection but they did not visit the park during the outbreak.

Dr Pamela Hymel, chief medical officer for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, said in a statement Friday: "On October 27, we learned from the Orange County Health Care Agency of increased Legionnaires' disease cases in Anaheim.


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