Mystery illness kills 14
Monday 21 October 1996
More than 260 people in Alcala de Henares have been treated since late August, and 33 remain ill in hospital.
A committee of experts announced on Friday that "legionella" bacteria had lodged in Alcala's municipal water supplies and affected six refrigerated air-cooling towers north of the town. Once vaporised and expelled into the atmosphere, the bacteria formed a dangerously infectious environment. Most of those stricken live in the area around the cooling units.
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