Two more Legionella cases in Amsterdam

26th July 2006, Comments 0 comments

26 July 2006, AMSTERDAM — Two new patients have been identified in the Legionella outbreak in the Dutch capital.

26 July 2006

AMSTERDAM — Two new patients have been identified in the Legionella outbreak in the Dutch capital.

The latest cases were reported to the city's health service (GGD) on Friday and Tuesday. A cooling tower at the CS Post building near Amsterdam Central Station has been identified as the source, a GGD spokesperson said.

Both patients are in hospital but are not on respirators. The spokesperson did not have  information on the status of people who came down with Legionella earlier this month. One of them was in critical condition on Friday.

The CS Post building tower was blamed earlier this month when 27 people were infected with bacteria that can cause Legionnaire's Disease. An elderly man died from the infection.

The tower was shut down on 11 July.

In March 1999, 200 people became ill and 32 people died during a Legionella outbreak at a flower exhibition in the Netherlands. The source of the bacteria was traced to a whirlpool and a moisturiser in the exhibition area.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]

Subject: Dutch news

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