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Legionella in Europe: We can not take measures, because that existence is simply not a
Evergem The municipality of Evergem and Ghent city council establish a civil party against persons unknown, so there is also a judicial inquiry can be conducted in the case of legionella contamination. There is an eighteenth patient in the hospital. There are already two dead, but extra preventive measures, the city can't take it. “Simply because that does not exist”, sigh mayor De Maertelaere.

Evergem lives in fear after again someone is ill is by legionella, and already two people have died. Schools get phone calls from parents that their children not drink tap water more allowed to drink, football clubs get distressed phone calls from other clubs that a uitmatch in Evergem not see, and more and more people avoid the Canal area of Ghent. But arm ourselves against the specter of the legionella contamination is impossible.

“We understand that there is in a case with two dead fear to the people, but we continue to stress that there is no reason to panic may be”, says Joris Moonens from the agency for Care and Health. “We have the science of trust. The risk of contamination remains small, and is preventive, you can do nothing at all. The only thing you can do, with complaints of fever, headache and nausea immediately go to the gp and to trust in the treatment which is then booted. It also has absolutely no sense to stay inside, and not even for the Ghent Canal to avoid. Even though we think now that the source of the infection may be there to search. But it is not because the source in the Canal is that the infection also happens in that canal area. That zone to evacuate or shut down so it has no meaning.”

28 companies

Mayor Joeri De Maertelaere (N-VA) of Evergem is affected, and lives with the families of the two deceased, and the other patients. “I understand the concerns of our residents, but all the time,” says the mayor. “We want to respond as quickly as possible, and therefore, as a municipality, the civil party stated. We try to give our citizens as good as possible. In 28 companies are already steel caught, and the equipment is thoroughly disinfected. If the source is there it would sit, it is already turned off. People can do things to prohibit, events, delete, or certain zones shut down, we do not. There simply are no preventive measures against this infection. You may not infested by showering, by to drink the tap water, or by human contact.”


in the coming days and feared to even more infections. When may we in Evergem then again feel free? “That can actually but if we are 19 days of each other, no new infections, more to explore. Because so much time can pass between the infection and the time that you get sick”, it sounds still.

Infoline legionella: 09/210.10.10.

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