Tourists have been hit with Legionnaires disease in the resort of Palmanova, close to Magaluf on the Balearic island of Mallorca.
The news has prompted the UK Foreign Office to update their travel information. They say, “There has been an outbreak of legionnaires’ disease in Mallorca; you should follow the advice of the National Travel Health Network and Centre.” The information can be found HERE.
A 70-year-old British tourist has died (identity currently unknown) and at least 18 others (mostly British) are showing signs of being affected by the water-born disease. The town hall has cut off the water supply to a hotel where eight of the affected had stayed – as a precaution.
The deceased passed away at Mallorca’s Son Espases hospial. he was also suffering from leukaemia and diabetes.
Other hotels in the area are being tested, in addition to a water park, beach showers and local fountains.
The Balearic Government’s regional health authority esplained that Public health chiefs were investigating several cases of Legionnaires detected in the Palmanova area. They indicated that all except three of the cases had been flagged after then holidaymakers had returned home.
About Legionnaires disease
Legionnaires’ disease is a form of atypical pneumonia caused by any type of Legionella bacteria. Signs and symptoms include cough, shortness of breath, high fever, muscle pains, and headaches. Nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea may also occur. This often begins two to ten days after being exposed. (Source Wikipedia)