Multiple cases of Legionnaires’ disease confirmed in California

According to ABC7, after visitors to the theme park were afflicted with Legionnaires’ disease and Disneyland shut down its cooling towers, three more cases were found and confirmed in Orange County, California, United States (U.S.).

Two of the three new cases involve visitors to Disneyland, according to the Orange Country Health Care Agency (OCHCA), who also confirmed the cases alongside the dozen others who were found a few weeks earlier, thus raising the total number of cases to 15. Of them, 13 were hospitalised, and two have died.

Legionnaire is a bacteria that can be found growing naturally in water bodies such as streams and lakes. However, when high concentrations grow in man-made water systems like plumping and air conditioning, some individuals may develop pneumonia after breathing in the vapour that has been contaminated with the bacteria.


Source: ABC7