Date: Tue, 27 Aug 2019 18:05:42 +0200 (METDST)

Madrid, Aug 27, 2019 (AFP) - A woman died Tuesday after eating tainted meat in Spain, the second fatality in a listeria outbreak that has seen more than 200 people infected with the potentially fatal food-borne bacteria, authorities said.   The government of the southern region of Andalusia said in a statement a 74-year-old patient died in hospital in Seville just over a week after a 90-year-old woman also passed away.

Listeria is a common bacteria and most people who consume tainted foods do not become ill.   But for elderly people, pregnant women or those with serious conditions like diabetes or cancer, it poses a serious threat.   The regional government said a total of 196 people in Andalusia are confirmed to have been infected.   It warned earlier this month that a product of pork stuffed with garlic and other condiments and sold under the commercial name "la Mecha", was the source of the listeria outbreak.

The delicacy is made by Seville-based company Magrudis. Its factory has since been closed and all of its meat recalled from shops.   Spain's health ministry said the outbreak has spread to other regions, with seven confirmed cases outside Andalusia.   A British citizen was infected and diagnosed in France after eating stuffed meat in Seville, it added.   A woman has lost her baby due to the bacteria.   Listeriosis begins with flu-like symptoms including chills, fever and muscle aches. It can take up to six weeks after consuming contaminated foods for symptoms to occur.
Date: Mon, 26 Aug 2019 11:49:47 +0200 (METDST)

Madrid, Aug 26, 2019 (AFP) - A wildfire that raged through the Spanish holiday island of Gran Canaria for more than a week has finally been brought under control, emergency services said on Monday.   In a tweet, they said the blaze had been "declared controlled" by the regional government.   "Ground crew will continue to work in the area until its extinction."

The fire, which began on August 17, had threatened several natural parks rich in biodiversity in this island off the northwestern coast of Africa.   Thousands of residents were evacuated. They have since been allowed back home.   With its arid hot summers, Spain -- the world's second tourism destination -- is frequently plagued by huge forest fires.   Experts say these threaten to become more violent and frequent due to climate change.
Date: Sat 24 Aug 2019
Source: EuroWeekly News [edited]

The listeriosis outbreak in Spain is thought to have claimed a 2nd life. A 72 year old man with cancer died on Thu 22 Aug 2019. On Tue 20 Aug 2019, a 90 year old woman passed away. Both victims lived in Sevilla, the centre of the outbreak.

At the moment, there is no confirmation that the man had eaten the La Mecha branded "carne mechada" that has been traced as the source of the outbreak that has so far affected 186 people. An investigation is under way to determine whether his death from listeriosis is linked. The outbreak has been traced to utensils used in the preparation of the food products.

Now experts say that the bacteria may be present in other products from the Magrudis factory in Sevilla. All its production has been recalled, with experts saying that at least 2 other products are at high risk of having been infected.

According to the latest data from the Junta de Andalucia regional government, 186 cases of listeriosis have been detected. Of these, 161 have occurred in Andalucia. The bulk (82 per cent) are in the province of Sevilla, with 153 cases. In the last 24 hours, there have been 25 more cases in total.

Of the 99 people in hospital on Fri 23 Aug 2019, 18 have been confirmed as having listeriosis, with 4 in intensive care. The rest are suspected cases and are under observation.

Medical authorities say this strain of the bacterium is particularly virulent, taking 3 days to incubate. Normally, the incubation period is up to 70 days. [The incubation period, that is, the duration it takes for symptoms to develop, varies from 3-70 days, with an estimated median incubation period of 3 weeks. - ProMED Mod.ML]  [byline: Dilip Kuner]
Date: Tue, 20 Aug 2019 23:40:37 +0200 (METDST)

Madrid, Aug 20, 2019 (AFP) - Unions representing Ryanair cabin crew in Spain warned on Tuesday of a 10-day strike in September to protest against the anticipated closing of some airport bases for the low-cast Irish airline.   After meeting with Ryanair representatives for more than seven hours, "which ended without an accord," the unions USO and Sitcpla issued a warning of a strike at 13 Ryanair bases in Spain, the USO said in a statement.   It said the protest was over the possible closing of Ryanair bases at airports on the popular tourist Canary islands of Tenerife and Gran Canaria and also the "future uncertainty" for Girona in northeast Spain.   More meetings between unions and Ryanair management could be held next week, USO said.   Cabin crew are set to observe the strike mainly on Fridays and Sundays in September.

Ryanair had announced last month that it would close some bases because of problems with Boeing's crisis-hit 737 MAX jet, which has been grounded after two fatal accidents.   The Irish no-frills airline said it expected to take delivery of just 30 Boeing 737 MAX 200 jets by the end of May 2020, instead of the 58 that it originally expected, and shortfall would mean it would have to close some bases.   Ryanair also announced in July that it intends to eliminate 900 jobs in its 13,000-strong workforce, and it has faced several protests by employees in Europe.   Pilots in the UK and Ireland warned of strikes in August and September to protest against their working conditions and salaries.
Date: Tue, 20 Aug 2019 15:45:49 +0200 (METDST)

Madrid, Aug 20, 2019 (AFP) - A 90-year-old woman has died and 53 people are in hospital in Spain, including several pregnant women, after eating contaminated meatloaf, officials said Tuesday.   Listeria is a commonly found bacteria and most people who consume foods that contain it do not become ill.  But for elderly people, pregnant women or those with serious conditions like diabetes or cancer, it poses a serious threat.   The outbreak of listeria is affecting mainly the southwestern region of Andalusia where 114 cases have been confirmed, according to the regional health department.

Outside Andalusia, only one case has so far been confirmed in the neighbouring region of Extremadura, Spain's Health Minister Maria Luisa Carcedo told Cadena Ser radio.   A 90-year-old patient affected by the outbreak died overnight at a hospital in Seville, the capital of Andalusia, the regional government said in a statement.   It said another 53 people are in hospital including 18 pregnant women and two new-borns.

Spanish consumer group Facua said two pregnant women who ate meatloaf, suspected of being contaminated with listeria, "lost their babies" in Seville.   An investigation has been opened because there appears to be a link to the outbreak of listeria, the health ministry said.   The regional government of Andalusia warned last Thursday that meatloaf sold under the commercial name "la Mecha" made by Seville-based company Magrudis was the source of a listeria outbreak.   The factory was closed and all of its meatloaves were recalled from shops, the health ministry said.   Listeriosis begins with flu-like symptoms including chills, fever and muscle aches. It can take up to six weeks after consuming contaminated foods for symptoms to occur.
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