Deadly Disneyland Legionnaire's outbreak blamed on this weird source


#1

Originally published at: https://boingboing.net/2018/12/05/disneyland-legionnaires.html


#2

This is a joke … right?

I thought the clickbait title seemed really out of form for Boing Boing. But then I took the bait, clicked through, and saw that the source was a cooling tower. Which is like #1 in the book of “obvious things likely to harbor Legionella colonies.”

But the more I think on it I don’t get a “we’re all in on it” joke tone from the post, so now I’m just confused.


#3

Can this stuff grow in the countertop style brita pitchers?


#4

First problem: you get sick from inhaling mist carrying the bacteria, and while you might aspirate some while drinking, that’s not a very effective way to get the bacteria in your lungs.

And the second, probably bigger problem: unless you’re somewhere quite warm, these puppies are basically dormant at room temperature. They’re just not going to reproduce to dangerous numbers.


#5

This is not a “weird” source at all.
In fact, it should be in the top five of your “things to check for Legionella colonies” list.

(Sneaky edit to remove mispeling.)


#6

Buzzfeed is apparently leaking into BB… someone get the glue gun.


#7

Weird use of “weird”.

I think “mundane source” would be more appropriate.


#8

Deadly Disneyland Legionnaire’s outbreak blamed on this weird source

Discovered by a mom! Epidemiologists hate it!


#9

I’m glad it wasn’t just me that thought “that’s one of the first places I’d expect to find it”.
It’s like finding a wasps nest in a loft.


#10

You WON’T BELIEVE where I found a wasp nest! Experts were amazed!!


#11

I offer this alternative mister which does not (directly) spread legionnaire’s.

Let the healing begin.


#12

I think the mister at Dizzneeland is worse…


#13

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