Multiple cases of Legionnaires' disease confirmed in Orange County

Nov. 17, 2017
11 cases were reported by individuals visiting Disneyland theme park.

ANAHEIM, CA, NOV 17, 2017 -- A week after Disneyland shut down two cooling towers due to confirmed reports of Legionnaires' disease, three more cases of the disease have been confirmed in Orange County.

According to ABC News, the Orange County Health Care Agency confirmed the three additional this week. Two of the three new cases involved individuals who visited Disneyland.

OCHCA said a dozen cases of the disease were discovered about three weeks prior to the initial reports coming from Disneyland. The current number of confirmed cases in Orange County is 15. Of those, 11 cases are those people who visited Disneyland in September, and four are Orange County residents who did not visit the theme park but lived or traveled in Anaheim.

In a statement, Dr. Pamela Hymel, chief medical officer for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, said there is no known ongoing risk associated with the park's facilities.

"On October 27, we learned from the Orange County Health Care Agency of increased Legionnaires' disease cases in Anaheim. 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. We have proactively shared this information with OCHCA and given our actions, they have indicated there is no longer any known risk associated with our facilities," the statement raid.

On Monday, park officials received the test results back from water samples collected from the two towers on Nov. 2 and Nov. 6 -- before and after disinfecting. All of the results were negative for Legionella bacteria, park officials said.

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