A Legionnaires’ disease outbreak at a northern Spain resort has affected at least a dozen people and killed one this summer, according to a local media report (computer translated).

Legionella pneumophila bacteria/CDC
Legionella pneumophila bacteria/CDC

The outbreak occurred at a resort in Lierganes, Cantabria, which prompted the closure of part of the facility.

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The Cantabrian Health Service has reported in a statement that the first cases were detected on August 7 when the epidemiological surveillance system warned that two people who had stayed in the spa had required hospitalization for pneumonia outside Cantabria.

On that same day, the Environmental Health section carried out an inspection of all the facilities, in which, among other measures, samples were taken of the spa’s thermal water circuits and the hot water was checked in the rooms where the affected people were housed .

After the results were known, and when two positives were confirmed in the samples, several plants were stopped and a disinfection treatment was ordered.