Disneyland Tower "DID Spits Dangerous Mist": Health officials say the amusement park is "probably" responsible for 22 disease-causing illnesses at the outbreak of Legionnaires' Disease
- Disneyland in Anaheim, California, is pushing for a $ 33,000 fine for the outbreak
- They say the source of the outbreak is not scientifically determined
- Today, a health official said the towers were probably the source
- Three employees became ill, two had to be treated in the hospital
A health official testified that a cooling tower providing fog to make Disneyland visitors comfortable was the probable source for 22 cases last year when a legionnaire's disease broke out near a theme park.
Dr. Orange County Health Care Agency's Matthew Zahn said Tuesday before an appeal judge at the California Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
His testimony was part of a Disneyland appeals lawsuit seeking to repeal the $ 33,000 fine imposed during the outbreak and said the source was not scientifically determined.
Zahn said tests at the time of the outbreak showed high Legionella bacteria in two Disneyland cooling towers.
Three Park employees in Anaheim, California suffered life-threatening conditions last year, and two were hospitalized (file image).
He said contaminated droplets would probably spread to the people in the park and beyond.
At the interrogation, Zahn said he could not be completely sure that Disneyland was the source without any additional testing.
Three Park employees in Anaheim, California suffered a life-threatening illness last year, and two had to be hospitalized.
Her cases were part of a nationwide outbreak that left more than a dozen sick and killing one.
In an effort to control the outbreaks, California health officials imposed a heavy fine on Disneyland after finding their cooling systems were poorly maintained.
Legionnaires are spread by water droplets and air particles. It is caused by bacteria that can grow in artificial water systems.
Most infections occur in people who are exposed to dirty or poorly maintained air conditioners. People can develop pneumonia after inhaling contaminated vapor.
In sunny California, there are numerous cooling systems, and Disneyland is full of them.
According to a 2017 CDC report, the number of cases has risen by 450 percent in the last two decades.
Flu-like symptoms, such as fever, fatigue, and muscle pain, usually occur between two and ten days when the Legionella bacteria are inhaled.
In most cases, pneumonia can be treated with antibiotics.
However, life-threatening complications, including organ failure and septic shock, can occur in vulnerable populations, such as the elderly or those with compromised immune systems.