Source of Legionnaires Disease outbreak in Manzanares, Spain, has been identified

Health authorities have identified the public fountain at the Manzanares bus station as the source of the Legionella bacteria that infected 228 people, 23 of whom remain hospitalized in intensive care units. Since the fountain was shut down, there have been no more cases since December 25th.

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Advice For Travellers

At present, it appears that the risk of further exposure to Legionnaires Disease in this municipality has been eliminated. Nevertheless, since this infection has an incubation period of up to 10 days, travellers who have visited Manzanares and who develop serious respiratory symptoms should seek medical care as soon as possible.

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