Legionnaires' disease tourists die
Posted Mon, 06 Feb 2012
Saga Holidays have confirmed that two elderly British tourists have died in Spain after contracting Legionnaires' disease.
One man died after being taken to hospital, while the other was found dead in his room. Both holidaymakers had been staying at the Diamante Beach Hotel in Calpe.
Three more people remain in hospital in Spain while another has already been discharged. Five other tourists who recently returned home after staying at the Diamante have been treated at UK hospitals, with all but one of them discharged.
A Saga spokesman said: "It was reported to us on Saturday 14 January that a customer who had stayed at the Diamante Beach Hotel in Spain was being treated for pneumonia caused by legionella.
"When that happened we immediately sent out a scientific expert to Spain and informed our guests there and offered to move them to a different hotel. We also contacted people who had stayed at the hotel in the previous month telling them to contact their doctor if they were experiencing flu-like symptoms."
Copyright Press Association 2012