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British tourist dead from Legionnaires’ in Spain

Filed under: Air Ambulances Abroad — Posted by: Richard on February 8, 2012

The regional Valencia government in Spain has confirmed that another British tourist has died whilst on holiday, after picking up Legionnaires’ disease; this is the third tourist.

The man, who has not been named, was first thought to have suffered from an existing heart condition. However, his death in a local hospital on February 1 has since been reclassified following a post mortem.

He becomes the third elderly man to have died whilst holidaying at the Diamante Beach Hotel, Calpe, in the south of Spain, in the last five weeks.

The other two tourists, males who also remain un-named, were aged 78 and 73. Their bodies were found in their hotel rooms by a member of hotel staff over the Christmas and New Year period. Both were also suspected of dying as a result of heart failure in the first instance.

The Foreign Office (FCO) has confirmed all three deaths in a recent statement. It said that they are working with the local authorities to investigate the outbreak and will continue to provide support wherever needed. The FCO statement went on to say:

“We are providing consular assistance to those affected by the outbreak and their families.”

The assistance offered is likely to include the support for repatriation from Spain of the deceased. However under Spanish laws local burials may have already taken place, though such details have not been made pubic at this time.

Anyone travelling to the area, particularly if staying at the hotel at the centre of the suspected outbreak, are advised to check with their tour operator and visit the FCO website for further news and updates.

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