Fourteen months without Legionnaires

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ALCOY: Satisfaction at the good news from the city hall.

FOR the first time since 1999 Alcoy had no reported cases of Legionnaires’ Disease in 2015. The last known case was reported in November 2014, the city hall’s Health department said.   

“The negative evolution of the disease is good news and puts Alcoy below the national average,” said Mayor Antonio Frances.

He revealed that he now intends to ask the region’s Public Health department to relax measures introduced to protect against the Legionnaires’ bacteria.   

 “We shall be talking to the Public Health authorities and will be looking at water chlorination and the public fountains in an attempt to return to normality within the necessary procedures,” Frances explained.

Early outbreaks were environmental in origin and linked to air-conditioning cooling towers inside the city which led to strict and ongoing controls on the cleaning and maintenance of all units.

Investigators subsequently discovered that more than one strain of the bacteria was present in later outbreaks and that different sources could have been responsible.  

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