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Legionnaires' Disease in Spain

07 Feb 2012

The Spanish public health authorities have reported an outbreak of Legionnaires' Disease among residents of the Diamante Beach Hotel in Calpe, Costa Blanca.

Cases have been identified since January 2012, and to date, 11 UK residents (all from England) have contracted the infection and 3 have died as a result. The hotel has been closed while the Spanish public health authorities lead on the investigation and management of this incident.

Advice for Travellers

The risk of Legionnaires' Disease for travellers to the Costa Blanca is considered to be low. Travellers to the area should however be aware of this recent incident and should they develop an influenza-like illness with fever, cough or shortness of breath during their stay or up to two weeks after return home, they should seek medical advice promptly for investigation.