Disneyland has shut down two bacteria-contaminated cooling towers after Orange County health officials discovered several cases of Legionnaires' disease in people who had visited the Anaheim theme park, authorities said.
The water towers are situated in a backstage area near the New Orleans Square Train Station, and are more than 100 feet from areas accessible to guests, according to a Disneyland Resort spokeswoman.
Legionnaires' disease can be spread through inhaling droplets from contaminated water sources.
Nine people contracted Legionnaires' disease after visiting Disneyland in September, a Disneyland spokesperson confirmed Saturday.
According to a LA Times report, Disney reported on November 3 that routine testing had detected elevated levels of Legionella in two cooling towers a month earlier, and the towers had been disinfected. "These towers were treated with chemicals that destroy the bacteria and are now shut down".
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. They report having performed subsequent testing and disinfection and brought the towers back into service November 5, 2017.
Legionnaires was first identified in 1976 when an outbreak occurred at an American Legion convention in Philadelphia.
People who have contracted Legionnaire's disease are not contagious. The person who died from the Disneyland problem had underlying health issues, according to health officials.
The park shared its information with the Orange County health experts, Hymel said, and "they have indicated there is no longer any known risk associated with our facilities".
According to the health agency, on November 3, Disney reported that routine testing had detected elevated levels of Legionella in two cooling towers a month earlier, and the towers had been disinfected.