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Dec 17, 2014

11:08:22 GMT--Biological Hazard - Europe - Portugal

EDIS Number: BH-20141110-45949-PRT

Date / time: 10/11/2014 04:03:34 [UTC]

Event: Biological Hazard

Area: Europe

Country: Portugal

State/County: Region of Lisbon

Location: Vila Franca de Xira

Number of Deads: 8 person(s)

Number of Injured: N/A

Number of Infected: 317 person(s)

Number of Missing: N/A

Number of Affected: N/A

Number of Evacuated: N/A

Damage level: N/A


Four people have now died, and 24 others are said to be in critical condition following an outbreak of (Legionnaire's disease) in Portugal. The majority of cases so far have emerged from the central Portuguese region of Vila Franca de Xira and are being treated in hospitals in the Greater Lisbon area. In a press conference yesterday (8 Nov 2014) afternoon, the head of Portugal's health board, Francisco George, recommended people take baths instead of showers and avoid Jacuzzis and hydro-massage tubs until the source of the outbreak is known. In 24 hours, the number of people in this country believed to be infected with Legionnaires disease, caught by inhaling water particles, has soared to close to 120. One of the victims, who died from the infection, a 59-year-old man, reportedly had other pre-existing lung and breathing conditions which lent added complications. Portuguese specialists have said the outbreak is unexpected and very unusual.

Event updates:

Situation Update No. 5 on 2014-11-17 at 18:14:51.

Situation Update No. 4 on 2014-11-17 at 04:34:54.

Situation Update No. 3 on 2014-11-14 at 13:15:52.

Situation Update No. 2 on 2014-11-11 at 15:34:42.

Situation Update No. 1 on 2014-11-11 at 04:43:15.

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