A Panorama City girl is suing the Walt Disney Co. alleging she contracted Legionnaire’s disease after a visit to Disneyland in 2017 to celebrate her mother’s birthday.
The girl’s Los Angeles Superior Court negligence suit, filed Wednesday, seeks unspecified damages. The suit was brought on her behalf by her guardian.
The suit does not state the girl’s age and her lawyer, Joseph Finnerty, could not be immediately reached.
A Disney representative could not be reached for comment.
The suit states that the girl and her family went to Disneyland on Oct. 13, 2017, where they observed her mother’s birthday. Two weeks later, she developed a cough that worsened over time to include chills and a fever, the suit alleges.
“It seemed no matter what treatments were provided to Liana, she could not get rid of her sickness,” the suit states.
The girl was examined by an infectious-disease doctor at UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital and she was diagnosed with Legionnaire’s disease, the suit states.
The suit further states that in October 2017, Orange County health officials found several cases of other people who suffered Legionnaire’s disease after visits to the Anaheim theme park. Disney linked the source to two cooling towers, but they were inadequately treated so as to eradicate the bacteria, the suit alleges.
The girl’s health continues to be negatively affected because of her infection, the suit states.