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Spain: Legionellosis outbreak reported in Montmeló and Montornès del Vallès




By NewsDesk  @bactiman63

Health officials in Spain are reporting a legionellosis outbreak in the municipalities of Montmeló and Montornès del Vallès in the Vallès Oriental region.

Legionella bacteria
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To date, 26 cases have been detected. The cases have started symptoms between November 5 and 15. And, of the 26 cases, 10 did not require hospital admission, 2 cases required admission but have already been discharged and 14 cases are still hospitalized.

Those affected are 19 men and 7 women between 37 and 92 years old. And all the cases have had exposure in the municipalities of Montmeló or Montornès del Vallès.

Officials have begun an environmental and epidemiological investigation in which they have collected the necessary clinical information to define where they have been infected. Also, inspections have been made of the risk facilities of the two municipalities, such as water cooling towers, among others. And they have collected water samples from these facilities to analyze.

As a precautionary measure, cleaning and shock disinfection of all the circuits involved in the investigation from which the samples have been collected has been ordered , hoping that the pending analytical results will be available to guide them to the source of infection of the outbreak.




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