Nineteenth patient infected with legionella

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Negentiende patiënt besmet met legionella

A press conference yesterday in Evergem about legionella with governor Didier Detollenaere, Flemish minister Jo Vandeurzen and the mayors Mathias De Clercq (Ghent) and Joeri De Maertelaere (Evergem).

There is again a patient with a legionella contamination in the hospital. It reports the Agency of Care and Health.

‘These new patient started the ziekteklachten on 13 may, as with the patient who yesterday was included,” says Joris Moonens, spokesman of the Agency. “He is quite stable, which is good news. Yesterday, we had said that we expected that in the coming days people will still get sick would be. That is now happened.”

The legionella contamination in the Canal area of Ghent was already nineteen victims, including two dead. The cooling towers are the biggest suspect as the source of contamination. Last week, the Agency has taken samples in the cooling towers of nineteen companies. Not until next week results expected, because of legionella in a laboratory should be cultured.

The new sick still remains possible, as a legionella contamination to nineteen days after infection symptoms can occur.