A total of a dozen cases of the bacterial lung infection were discovered in Anaheim, California about three weeks ago, the Orange County Health Care Agency announced Friday. One person "with additional health issues" died and was not among those who visited the theme park, the Times reported.
Ten of the victims - who ranged in age from 52 to 94 - were hospitalized.
"We conducted a review and learned that two cooling towers had elevated levels of Legionella bacteria", Walt Disney Parks and Resorts chief medical officer Dr. Pamela Hymel told the OC Register.
Disney shut down the two water cooling towers after officials detected high levels of the bacteria from the virus, according to reports.
There haven't been any new cases linked to Anaheim since September, the agency said.
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The Legionella bacteria can cause respiratory illness and pneumonia, and especially in older people or those with existing health problems, can result in death.
Legionnaires' disease is not contagious between humans. The health agency said there is no ongoing risk to the public and no other cases have been reported, although they cautioned public health officials to be aware of the situation.
Concern over a recent Legionnaire's disease outbreak in Orange County has prompted The Happiest Place on Earth® to take action. It is spread by mist from contaminated water.
The disease can be treated with antibiotics. Disneyland was informed of the Anaheim cases on October 27 and after testing found that two cooling towers had elevated levels of Legionella bacteria.
The county agency issued an order November 8 requiring Disney to take the towers out of service until they are shown to be free from contamination. In this photo, English-Irish boy band The Wanted performs "Santa Claus is Coming To Town" while taping the Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade TV special at the Magic Kingdom park at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, Dec. 6, 2013. Soon after, an order was issued by the health agency requiring preventing Disney from reopening the towers before health officials verified that they were free from Legionella contamination.