Legionnaires' disease linked to Las Vegas hotel

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- Orange County Health Care Agency officials on Thursday were investigating other sources of Legionnaire's Disease outside of an outbreak linked to almost a dozen from visitors to Disneyland.

In addition to the Legionnaires' outbreak, an October report from the health district said there were 56 suspected cases of influenza-like Pontiac fever, a milder illness caused by the same bacteria, at the hotel, for a total of 92 confirmed or suspected cases related to the outbreak.

Legionnaires' disease is a type of pneumonia that can be contracted by breathing in droplets of water in the air that are contaminated with the bacteria.

All 15 cases were reported to the Health Care Agency between September 27 and November 15 and the ages of those affected range from 52 to 94.

Three new cases were reported Wednesday, two of which had made a recent visit to Disneyland.

Disneyland has since shut down and disinfected the cooling system in the park s where health officials believe the exposure might have occurred.

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"The entire Rio property is open and we have remediated all water sources".

Legionnaires' disease is a potentially fatal form of pneumonia caused by bacteria.

Orange County health officials confirmed Wednesday three additional cases of Legionnaire's disease in the Anaheim area this year. "Negative results mean that the towers do not pose a current ongoing risk for transmission of Legionella", Good said, adding that the agency is working with Disney on procedures to bring the towers back into operation.

According to the CDC, Legionella is a type of bacterium found naturally in freshwater environments.

However, both of the victims who died did not visit the iconic amusement park. Health officials said two of the three new cases involved individuals who visited Disneyland. Eleven out of the 15 visited the Disneyland park in September and four others are Orange County residents who didn't visit the theme park, but lived or traveled in Anaheim.

But a key question remains unanswered: How did four people who had not visited Disneyland become infected?

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