Benajarafe Residents told to remain calm over Legionnaire’s

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 VELEZ-MALAGA Town Hall has said that three cases of Legionnaire’s Disease which have been detected in Benajarafe are “under control”.

The deputy mayor for Benajarafe and Chilches, Rocio Ruiz, met with representatives from water and sewage service providers for the town to discuss the three cases which have been registered in the area of the past month and a half.

She wished to reassure local residents that there was nothing to be alarmed about.

They confirmed that the water supply had not been affected by the bacteria, which was detected in private well due to lack of proper maintenance and high temperatures.

Ruiz also said that the three cases are being dealt with the Epidemiology Department at the Axarquia Regional Hospital.

The first two patients were a man aged 74 and a woman of 69, and later another 54-year-old man was admitted to hospital.

Only the source of the woman’s illness has been identified, and in this case it was in her own home. However, experts have been investigating any possible sources which they may have in common.

All the patients are recovering well, and the two older people were released from hospital with no complications.

The other man was also released this week although he has to continue with treatment but his condition is said to be improving.

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