The water sources of Cáceres, in the spotlight after a new outbreak of legionella that has left one dead and six hospitalized

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Five dead in August last year. And one this week, along with dozens of those affected in these last two summers. It is the balance of both Legionella outbreaks in the city of Cáceres (about 95,000 inhabitants) whose consequences do not appear to be accidental, but the exact cause of its origin is still officially unknown. In the spotlight are, as in 2022, several city ​​fountainsincluding a ‘geyser’ -thermal fort- located in a park in the urban area, although this year it was not activated as a preventive measure.

The technicians of the Extremaduran Health Service They have returned to take new samples today in different parts of the city to try to unravel the origin. In the last hours, the Junta de Extremadura confirms that no new case has been detected.

Last week, the water controls that the city council carries out in a preventive way against this bacterium led to seal off eight fountains in the city when this bacterium was detected in preventive controls carried out by the concessionary company of the water service, Canal de Isabel II. In this way, the sanitary controls in the public fountains of the city continue, as well as in the ornamental ones and in the park irrigation systems and gardens, since this disease is transmitted by aerosols. Last summer, nine fountains were closed.

The last hour of those admitted to the San Pedro de Alcántara Hospital passes because two of them remain in the ICU while four others are stable.

The infection caused on Tuesday the death of an 85 year old man. The four patients who are admitted to the ward are an 85-year-old woman and three men aged 76, 71 and 55, respectively, while those in the ICU are two 65-year-old men.

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