The source of the legionella outbreak in Schijndel has not been found, GGD Hart for Brabant reported on Wednesday.

In total, seventeen people have been infected with the bacteria since the outbreak on November 15, and one of them died.

However, since November 25, no infection has been identified and is no longer expected.

After the outbreak was detected, fountains and cooling towers were installed in the Brabant area.

The concerned services investigated all the most likely and known sources, but none of the sources contained Legionella bacteria.

"It seems that the source is no longer active," according to the GGD.

They therefore expect that there will be no new legionella patients in the region.

According to the GGD, it is more common that the source cannot be found;

in about 40 percent of legionella outbreaks, the source is never traced.

This could be because the bacterium was only temporarily present in the source or that it had already disappeared before the source was examined.

The infected people mainly lived in the center of Schijndel.

One person lived elsewhere, but had been to Schijndel.

Mayor Kees van Rooij of the Meierijstad municipality, of which Schijndel is a part, called the outbreak "worrying" at the time and called on people to be alert.

He said on Wednesday that he is "glad that there are no more infections and that the outbreak now seems to have died down".

People can ingest the legionella bacteria if they inhale contaminated water droplets.

A lot of people don't get sick from that.

Sometimes the infection can cause flu-like symptoms.

In rare cases, pneumonia can develop.

See also: Legionella outbreak in Schijndel: this is it (and this is what you need to know about it)

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