Legionella cases reported near Barcelona

In Catalonia, 26 cases of legionellosis were reported in the two weeks to Nov 18, 16 of whom required hospitalisation and more infections may emerge in the coming days. Investigations are underway into the source/s of infection in two municipalities - Montmeló and Montornès del Vallès – situated some 20kms north of Barcelona. And in the Netherlands, legionella infections have been confirmed in Schijndel in the province of North Brabant. At least 15 cases have been detected, resulting in one death. The cause is still under investigation, however authorities are focussing ‘on a source in the open air’. Read more

Advice for travellers

Legionnaire’s disease occurs worldwide and outbreaks have been associated with cruise ships, hotels, and resorts. The bacteria that cause Legionnaires’ disease are found in the airborne droplets of warm, fresh water, such as from fountains, spas, showers and the cooling towers of buildings. Over 50s, current or former smokers, those with a chronic lung condition, and the immunocompromised are at higher risk of developing illness after exposure. Read more.

Before you travel, call Travelvax Australia’s telephone advisory service on 1300 360 164 (toll-free from landlines) for country-specific advice and information. You can also make an appointment at your nearest Travelvax clinic to obtain vaccinations, medication to prevent or treat illness, and accessories for your journey.