Recent rise recorded in number of cases of Legionnaires’ disease in people who have travelled to Palmanova, in Mallorca, Spain.
Since September, 18 British travellers who stayed in the town of Palmanova in Mallorca, Spain have been diagnosed with Legionnaires’ disease; those affected travelled to Palmanova from different parts of the UK.
Legionnaires’ disease is an infection caused by bacteria acquired from sources of contaminated water in the environment. The number of people diagnosed with Legionnaires’ disease in England and Wales who required hospitalisation in 2015 was 98.7%.
18 October 2017
Public Health England (PHE) has seen a recent increase in the number of cases of Legionnaires’ disease in people who have travelled to a town called Palmanova, in Mallorca, Spain.
Since mid-September, 17 British travellers have returned from the area with the infection. Legionnaires’ disease is an infection from the local environment and does not pass from person to person.
There are some groups who are at increased risk of Legionnaires’ disease, including people:
- aged 50 or over
- with underlying medical conditions (such as diabetes, kidney disease, or a pre-existing lung condition)
- with weakened immune systems (for example, people on certain types of cancer treatment)
- who smoke or have smoked heavily in the past and heavy alcohol drinkers
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