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Two outbreaks of Legionnaire’s Disease are being investigated in Disneyland and the Rio hotel in Las Vegas. Legionnaires’ is a severe lung infection caused by exposure to water contaminated with the Legionella bacteria.
Officials of the Orange County Department of Health announced that twelve cases of Legionnaire’s Disease were discovered three weeks ago among people who had visited the Anaheim area, nine of which had visited Disneyland. Of the twelve cases, ten were hospitalized and another “who had other health issues” has died. Ages ranged from 52-94.
Two cooling towers believed to have been the source of the outbreak have been shut down and are currently undergoing sanitation processes. Officials of the theme park have been working with the Department of Health in the investigation. The latest statement released by the healthcare agency announced that “there is no known ongoing risk associated with this outbreak.”
In Las Vegas, seven cases have been reported in the Rio hotel and casino. Five months previous, two cases had been investigated, but now the number has grown to seven with 29 more cases suspected. Ongoing cleaning and testing of the hotel’s water system is continuing to ensure the disease has been eradicated, which health experts say is a normal timeline.
In addition to the Legionnaires’ outbreak, an October report from the health district said there were 56 suspected cases of Pontiac fever, a milder illness also caused by Legionella, at the hotel, for a total of 92 confirmed or suspected cases related to the Rio outbreak.
The Hotel-Casino staff have began a third disinfection process as a precaution. All recent tests show low to no bacterial levels, meaning current guests are not at risk for the disease. Latest test results will be available and released at the end of the month.
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