The infections due to Gastroenteritis outbreak The number of people registered in the city of Tarazona, Zaragoza, continues to increase and is already doing so 261 people affected 27 more in the last 24 hours.
The cause of the infection is a protozoan the genus Cryptosporidium, a rare microorganism that occurs in the human or animal intestine whose feces can contaminate the water.
His presence was discovered by the Stool analysis of the patients and it was then confirmed that transmission had occurred through tap water Because everyone affected had one thing in common: they had drunk drinking water.
therefore, the 10,600 inhabitants the above city You still cannot drink tap water or use it for cooking or oral hygiene including bans or recommendations.
They are investigating an outbreak of acute gastroenteritis in a residential building in Ciudad Real following the death of two elderly people
The mayor of Tarazona, Antonio Jaray, and the Director General of Public Health of the Government of Aragon, Nuria Gayán met this Friday to review treatment measures to contain the outbreak.
They have pointed out that the protozoan has been detected in the supply network is able to bypass conventional treatments Therefore, companies specializing in ozonation techniques, ultraviolet rays or other options tailored to the case are used.
According to Gayán, These types of processes are not provided for in the “usual protocols”. but you have to take it into account. “You can hardly wait to be certain. You have to apply the principle of prevention even though there is no conclusive evidence that it is or was in the water.”
Likewise, he has pointed out that it is “a very elusive beetle and the research is very complex. It appears to be so diluted in water that it is undetectable using current protocols. Now we have the vehicle of transmission, namely water, and we have to find the source, that is, the where everything began?”.
He added that the The investigation remains open: “It is not always possible to find out everything that happened and we may never have definitive evidence, but the most important thing in a situation like this is to apply the principle of prevention and act in the face of any hypothesis.” ”
At the moment the residents of Tarazona the use of water is prohibited from the supply network for drinking, cooking and oral hygiene.
Additionally, if you want to use it to clean utensils and surfaces, it needs to be boiled for at least 10 minutes.
Public health has The restrictions have also been extended for infected people or people with corresponding symptoms.. In these cases, extreme personal hygiene and hand washing are advised, especially after changing diapers of infected children or patients for up to 48 hours after diarrhea has resolved.
The same period applies to handling food or caring for people in hospital or in facilities such as residential homes or daycare centers; and for children who go to daycare to participate.
Those affected are also advised not to swim in swimming pools for two weeks after the diarrhea has subsided I don’t have any sexual relationships either.
This is also insisted upon It is important to clean your hands with soap and water and not hydroalcoholic gels which are not useful in these cases.