Legionnaires’ Disease: The Other Disneyland Outbreak

The following excerpt is from an article that originally appeared on Science Based Medicine

Late last year, multiple news outlets covered an outbreak of a serious infectious disease traced to Disneyland. No, it wasn’t another cluster of measles cases, or even of pixie dust-induced lung cancer. This time it was an even deadlier infection, and thankfully one that is much more difficult to catch, known as Legionnaires’ disease.

A total of 15 cases of Legionnaires’ disease were diagnosed during the outbreak, with 11 of the 15 having visited Disneyland from late August through October. The other four cases occurred in people who had been in Anaheim during this window but who had not visited the park. Ten hospitalizations and two deaths occurred, both people who had not been to Disneyland. As would be expected with this condition, the infected skewed older, with the youngest being 52.

According to Disney Parks and Resorts Chief Medical Officer Pamela Hymel, Disneyland was notified of the cluster of

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