Rapid Risk Assessment: Outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease in the Lisbon area, Portugal. 14 November 2014
A large outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease was reported by Portuguese authorities on 7 November 2014. This rapid risk assessment focuses on the risk for the EU in relation to this event.
The outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease in Portugal with 311 cases reported as of 13 November 2014 is one of the largest in the European Union. Vila Franca de Xira is not considered a tourist destination and no case has so far been confirmed outside Portugal. Despite the magnitude of the outbreak, this event can be considered a local event. All cases were infected in Vila Franca de Xira where the outbreak is occurring.
Cooling towers of major industrial installations in the area of Vila Franca de Xira were closed and investigations to identify the source of the outbreak are ongoing.
Outbreak of travel-associated Legionnaires' disease – Palmanova, Mallorca (Spain), September–October 2017
23 Oct 2017 - An increase in Legionnaires’ disease cases is currently being reported in EU travellers returning from Palmanova in Mallorca, Spain.
Rapid risk assessment: Increase of Legionnaires’ disease in EU travellers returning from Dubai since October 2016
21 Sep 2017 - ECDC observed a significant increase in the number of cases of travel-associated Legionnaires’ disease (TALD) in EU travellers returning from Dubai during the period October 2016 to May 2017 that could not be accounted for by the increase in travel patterns from the EU.