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WorldAn 85-year-old man dies from a legionella outbreak in Cáceres

An 85-year-old man dies from a legionella outbreak in Cáceres

An 85-year-old man has died in Cáceres due to legionella infection and six more people are affectedfour of them on the floor of the San Pedro de Alcántara Hospital and two in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), as confirmed by the Extremadura Health Service (SES) to Europa Press.

The number of people who have been affected by this infection in the capital of Cáceres has so far reached a total of seven affected. The four patients who are admitted to the ward are a
85-year-old woman, and three men of 76, 71, and 55 years, respectively. While in the ICU two men of 65 years each are admitted.

The Health Directorate of Cáceres together with the General Directorate of Public Health of the SES “are working in a coordinated manner and have initiated the corresponding epidemiological investigation regarding legionella infection”, reports the Junta de Extremadura.

It should be remembered that last week eight public fountains were closed in Cáceres when legionella bacteria were found as a result of preventive controls carried out by the concessionaire of the water serviceCanal de Isabel II.

The sanitary controls in the public fountains of the city continue, as well as in the ornamental ones and in the irrigation systems of the parks and gardens, since this disease is transmitted by aerosols. It should be remembered that last summer five people died in the city due to an outbreak of legionella that was detected in various sources in the city, including the geyser in Parque del Rodeo, which this year has not been activated as a preventive measure.

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