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Legionnaire’s outbreak kills two patients

in Regional · 09-11-2017 14:27:00 · 0 Comments

The number of confirmed cases of Legionnaire’s disease in the current outbreak in Lisbon has now reached 38, with two deaths and five patients hospitalised in intensive care according to statements published by the Lusa News Agency.

Legionnaire’s outbreak kills two patients

The latest health department statement said that more woman than men were affected (63 percent being women) and most of the patients were elderly.
The first patient in this latest outbreak was diagnosed on 31 October.
The Portuguese health minister said earlier this week that the outbreak was limited to São Francisco Xavier hospital in Lisbon as all those affected were either there for appointments, visiting relatives or worked there.
Meanwhile, regional health administrations in Portugal are to carry out a risk assessment of all public healthcare units following the outbreak.
In a joint statement, the Directorate-General of Health (DGS) and the National Health Institute (INSA) said that a survey would be carried out “of the structural and procedural conditions of healthcare units that form part of the National Health Service” - including health centres and hospitals – “as part of assessment and management of risk”.
The statement, which is signed by the director of the DGS, Graça Freitas, and the president of INSA, Fernando de Almeida, also states that INSA and the Service of Common Use of Hospitals “are developing an Operation Intervention Programme of technical auditing to support all hospital units in the National Health Service”.
This comes after police interrupted a wake for one of the fatalities after the body had been released to next of kin without an autopsy being performed.
Police were acting out an order by the Public Prosecutor’s Office, which called for autopsies to be conducted in the interests of public health safety.

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