LOS ANGELES –
A cooling tower conveniently providing visitors to Disneyland with fog was likely the source for 22 cases of Legionnaires disease outbreak near the theme park last year, a Health Minister testified this week.
Most of those who fell ill visited the park in the fall of 2017. Disneyland has denied that it is the source that points to three infected individuals who were in the city of Anaheim Disneyland is located, but not in the park itself. One of them died.
Dr. Matthew Zahn of the Orange County Health Care Agency made a report to a California appeals judge before the California Occupational Safety and Health Administration (California) on Tuesday to investigate the case.
Zahn said tests have detected high levels of Legionella bacteria at the time of the outbreak In two Disneyland cooling towers that are part of an air conditioning system that causes fog, the Los Angeles Times reported. He said contaminated droplets would probably spread to the people in the park and beyond.
Disneyland is involved in state fines and says the source of the outbreak is not scientifically determined to be the source without additional testing.
The disease is caused by bacteria that can grow in man-made water systems. People may suffer from pneumonia after inhaling contaminated vapor.
A young girl diagnosed with legionnaires following a visit to Disneyland last fall has filed a lawsuit against the amusement park.
"The facts do not support these allegations Lament has no merit," said Disney spokeswoman Suzi Brown on Tuesday.
This article used reports from the Los Angeles Times.