California officials probe source of Legionnaires' cases

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ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Southern California health officials investigating the source of a Legionnaires' disease outbreak are looking beyond Disneyland, where two cooling towers were recently disinfected after high levels of the bacteria were found.

The Los Angeles Times reports Thursday that Legionnaires' has sickened a total of 15 people, two of whom have died. Eleven of those visited Disneyland in September.

The newspaper says the other four lived in or had visited Anaheim — suggesting there could be sources of infection not yet discovered.

Legionnaires' can cause severe pneumonia and is spread by mist from contaminated water.

Disneyland said it learned about the Legionnaires' cases on Oct. 27 and shut down and disinfected two cooling towers, which are part of air-conditioning systems. Officials say they no longer pose a risk to park visitors.

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