More Cases Linked to Disneyland Visits as Anaheim Legionnaires’ Outbreak Grows

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The number of people diagnosed with Legionnaires’ disease after spending time in Anaheim or Disneyland increased to 15, Orange County health officials said Wednesday.

Throngs of visitors travel down Disneyland's Main Street USA in this file photo. (Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
Throngs of visitors travel down Disneyland’s Main Street USA in this file photo. Eleven of the 15 people infected had spent time at Disneyland, according to Orange County Health Care Agency spokeswoman Jessica Good. Previously, health officials had linked nine cases of the disease to the theme park. (Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

The victims were infected between late August and October, officials said. Two patients have died, though neither of them visited Disneyland.

Legionnaires’ disease is a severe lung infection caused by Legionella bacteria that grows in water and can spread when droplets get into the air and people breathe them in.

Last week, Disneyland shut down two cooling towers that were found to have elevated levels of Legionella bacteria. The towers are in a backstage area near the New Orleans Square Train Station, each more than 100 feet from areas accessible to guests, according to Disneyland officials.

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