The Xunta de Galicia has started a investigation into a legionella outbreak that has affected nine people in the municipalities of To Guarda and O Rosalboth in the province of Pontevedraas reported by the Department of Health. Three of those affected have already been dischargedwhile the head of the department, Julio García Comesaña, maintains constant communication with the mayors of both towns to provide them with updated information.
Following Public Health procedures, an epidemiological and environmental investigation team has been established to address the outbreak. Relevant surveys have been carried out, and in the environmental investigation, which is still ongoing, Water samples have been taken from the residence areas of those affected and from the homes of five of them.. Until now, tests have returned negative resultsand the exact source of exposure to Legionella has not yet been identified.
Legionella spread usually occurs through aerosolsand as research led by public health experts continues, The epidemiological curve will be crucial to determine if the outbreak has been controlled. The town councils of A Guarda and O Rosal have been informed about the situation, the results of the measures taken and a permanent communication channel has been established to report any incident or development that arises during the investigation.