Second death in mystery Legionnaire's outbreak

31st August 2005, Comments 0 comments

31 August 2005, ZARAGOZA — A second person has died in an outbreak of Legionnaire's disease in Zaragoza.

31 August 2005

ZARAGOZA — A second person has died in an outbreak of Legionnaire's disease in Zaragoza.

A 62-year-old woman died from the disease on Wednesday, authorities said.

Last week, a 44-year-old man died in hospital.

Eight people are still seriously ill.

At first 19 people were struck down with the disease when the outbreak was discovered last week.

The cause of the outbreak has still not been established.

Legionnaire's disease is a form of pneumonia transported by bacteria which can spread through ventilation systems and air conditioning.

It can cause high fever, coughing and congestion and can prove fatal to older people and babies.

Luis Gómez López, head of public health in the region of Aragon, said it was still not clear how the outbreak started.

Fifty refrigeration towers have been closed while the inquiry goes on in order to stop its spread.

The first outbreak in Spain happened in 1980 in a hotel in Benidorm.

Last year, another outbreak also in Zaragoza, cost the life of seven people when the disease spread through a hospital.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

 

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