Published Date: 2012-02-10 10:32:09
Subject: PRO/EDR> Legionellosis - Spain (03): (AN) hotel
Archive Number: 20120210.1037995
LEGIONELLOSIS - SPAIN (03): (ALICANTE), HOTEL
A ProMED-mail post
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International Society for Infectious Diseases
Date: Fri 9 Feb 2012
Source: Laverdad.es [in Spanish, trans Mod.MPP, edited]
The department of health in the UK has identified another case of legionellosis related to the Calpe Hotel in an individual who stayed there from 3-24 Jan 2012.
The British health authorities were informed of this new case, and the Director General of Health has confirmed the "time-space relationship" with the outbreak [associated with the (AR Diamante Beach) Hotel in Calpe, Costa Blanca Spain] that has led to the deaths of 3 people who stayed at the hotel during those dates.
There have been 16 cases reported thus far. Those patients who are presently in the hospital are in "stable" condition according to the Health Department. Of the 16 affected individuals, 12 are British and 4 are Spaniards (3 workers at the center and one tourist), whose ages range from 44 to 88 years.
The health authorities are confident that the Diamante Beach Hotel in Calpe will be able to reopen later this week after a thorough cleaning.
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[ProMED-mail previously posted a report of this outbreak of Legionnaires' disease (see Legionellosis - Spain: (AN) hotel 20120122.1018077 and Legionellosis - Spain (02): (AN) hotel 20120203.1031069) among British and Spanish nationals who stayed at the AR Diamante Beach Hotel in Calpe, Costa Blanca, Spain. There were previously a total of 14 confirmed cases (10 British and 4 Spanish nationals), with 3 deaths among the British nationals. There are now 16 cases (12 British and 4 Spanish nationals). The death toll remains at 3.
For a discussion of legionellosis, see ProMED-mail post: Legionellosis - Spain (05): Madrid 20101115.4142. Dr Steve Berger has noted that rates of legionellosis have been increasing in Spain (http://www.gideononline.com/2010/06/12/legionellosis-in-spain/). It is not known whether this is due to increased reporting or an actual increase in acquisition of this infection.
The HealthMap/ProMED-mail interactive map of Spain can be accessed at http://healthmap.org/r/14-l. - Mod.ML]