Brote comunitario de enfermedad de los legionarios en Barcelona: investigación epidemiológica y medioambiental.

Translated title of the contribution: A community outbreak of Legionnaires' disease in Barcelona: epidemiologic and environmental study

J. A. Caylà, M. R. Sala, A. Plasencia, V. Beneyto, V. Sureda, M. Llorens, J. Batalla

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Abstract

The investigation of the outbreak of legionellosis which developed in Barcelona in February 1988 included: 1) a case-control study, with the patients with Legionella pneumophila pneumonia (n = 56) and those with pneumonia by other organisms (n = 109) in the Hospital Clínic i Provincial (HCP); 2) a review of refrigeration towers and the water supply system; 3) a meteorological study, and 4) a survey of the construction works being carried out in the HCP area. The cases lived in the urban district 2 more often than the controls (odds ratio = 3.73, 95% confidence intervals 1.8-7.6), and were not associated with hospitals of hotels. L. pneumophila was not recovered from the environmental samples. The temperatures were unusually high, with a low air humidity. In the area near the HCP demolition materials were frequently removed. A causative focus was not detected; it cannot be ruled out, however, that the source of the outbreak was the removal of demolition materials in the affected area on the days preceding the epidemic outbreak.

Translated title of the contributionA community outbreak of Legionnaires' disease in Barcelona: epidemiologic and environmental study
Original languageSpanish
Pages (from-to)526-530
Number of pages5
JournalMedicina clinica
Volume93
Issue number14
StatePublished - Nov 4 1989

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    Caylà, J. A., Sala, M. R., Plasencia, A., Beneyto, V., Sureda, V., Llorens, M., & Batalla, J. (1989). Brote comunitario de enfermedad de los legionarios en Barcelona: investigación epidemiológica y medioambiental. Medicina clinica, 93(14), 526-530.