About a dozen people in the Anaheim, CA area, or visitors to the area in September were diagnosed with Legionnaires' disease, according to Orange County health officials.
Ten of the victims, who ranged in age from 52 to 94, were hospitalised.
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Twelve cases of the disease have been reported in the Anaheim area; among those, eight people had visited Disneyland in September and one worked there, the Register reports. In a statement, Dr. Pamela Hymel, chief medical officer for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, said Disneyland learned about the Legionnaires' cases on October 27. The disease was named after 29 men died after attending an American Legion convention in Philadelphia in 1976, where the previously unidentified bacterium was breeding one of the hotel's cooling towers.
"There is no known ongoing risk associated with this outbreak", the agency said in a statement. Legionnaires' disease is caused by bacteria growing in water that can spread when small droplets get into the air and people breathe them in, according to the CDC. Disney took the towers out of service on November 1, performed more testing and disinfection, and brought them back into service on November 5.
Legionnaires' disease is a severe, often lethal, form of pneumonia.
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Legionella pneumophila is the most common cause of infection, and the majority of L. pneumophila infections are caused by serogroup 1.
Each year, an estimated 10,000 to 18,000 people in the United States are infected with this bacteria.
On Nov. 3, Disney informed the health agency that routine testing had detected elevated levels of Legionella bacteria in two cooling towers a month earlier.
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The health agency says there haven't been any new cases reported. It is treated with antibiotics, which can improve symptoms and shorten the length of illness.