Those who have been saving for a trip to Disneyland may want to rethink their dream-come-true destination. The internationally-known theme park has been recognized as a breeding ground for the Legionnaires’ disease, infected at least 15 people, two of which have died.
The bacteria responsible for spreading the disease was discovered in the park’s air conditioning system, which then spread to eleven people, infecting them through the ventilation system. The other four infected contracted the sickness in the surrounding area in Anaheim, where Disneyland is located.
The park has shut down operation of the two buildings in which the bacteria was discovered, and are still running tests to see if other buildings are free from contamination.
How Does Legionnaires’ Disease Spread?
The bacteria materialize and grows in water and then is transferred to the human body normally through droplets. It can be spread when founded within air conditioning units, such as the one in Disneyland, supermarkets in their produce section, and even water fountains, or fountains of any type.
However, the case in Disneyland pales in comparison, infecting fifteen people in the area, when in fact, over six thousand cases are reported just in the United States every year.
In less than two decades, the number of those contracted with the disease has increased four times over. This simple fact has increased concern, imploring why the number has increased so monumentally over a short period of time.
Some have attested the increase to simply better and more accurate testing, while others point fingers to climate change (which can make the growth of bacteria easier), aging infrastructures in surrounding areas, and even a more “vulnerable” population.
If you have recently traveled to the Disneyland area, or have concerns about the disease, please comment below and share with your friends and family to spread awareness.