UK health authorities are warning of an outbreak of Legionnaire’s disease in Palmanova on the Spanish holiday island of Mallorca.
Most of the infected are recovering well but Spanish media have reported the death of a 70-year-old British man who already had diabetes, chronic leukemia and ischemic heart disease which complicated his recovery.
The regional government has confirmed positive to a legionella sample in a hotel in Palmanova where eight of those affected stayed which at the moment remains closed.
Other establishments in the area have also started to disinfect their premises and are taking preventive measures.
The UK Public Health Department has said that since mid-September, 17 British travellers have returned from the area with the infection.
Nick Phin, Deputy Director at PHE said, “At this time, the source is under investigation and the Spanish authorities are leading the response to this outbreak. We are active in responding to any requests for information on UK cases from the Spanish authorities.
“We are advising people who have travelled or are planning to travel to Palmanova in Mallorca to be aware of the signs and symptoms of Legionnaire’s disease, which are initially flu-like. This is particularly important if you are in a group at increased risk of infection such as those with underlying medical conditions, smokers or people aged 50 or over.