News of: Thursday, July 13 2006,

Legionella source possibly in Amsterdam centre or North

The health authorities have said that they believe the source of the legionalla outbreak is possibly in the area around the IJ (the water behind the Central Station).

Several cooling towers on top of office buildings have been closed, as well as fountains in the areas Amsterdam North and Centre/East. The authorities refuse to say which installations have been closed, in order to avoid a panic.

A rumour that the University of Amsterdam complex Roeterseiland is the source, which circulated on the internet, has been dismissed by the health authorities.

Yesterday no new cases of legionella have been reported, the total number is still 23 patients, of which one has died.

Tomorrow (Friday) the first results are expected of the test samples the health authorities have taken from various suspected sources.