Disneyland, Anaheim, has been forced to shutdown two bacteria-contaminated water cooling towers after Orange County health officials discovered multiple cases of Legionnaires’ disease in the systems of several people who visited the family themed park.
Twelve cases of the bacteria-caused illness were discovered about three weeks ago among people who had spent time in Anaheim and included nine people who had visited Disneyland in September before developing the illness, according to the Orange County Health Care Agency. Their ages ranged from 52 to 94.
Legionnaires’ disease is a severe form of pneumonia — lung inflammation usually caused by infection. You can’t catch legionnaires’ disease from person-to-person contact. Instead, most people get legionnaires’ disease from inhaling the bacteria.