Benalmádena’s Mayor Javier Carnero announced last week that the ice rink at the centre of the Legionnaires outbreak which killed three people last summer is to reopen in May, after a completely new refrigeration system is installed. The source of the outbreak was traced to the ice rink’s refrigeration towers. Sr Carnero said it would take eight weeks to install the new system at a cost of more than 100,000 euros. The bill is being footed by one of the companies which forms part of the consortium that manages the complex. The ice rink was closed down more than eight months ago after the first four local residents were admitted to hospital with the disease. Some of the facilities, including the pool and the gym, were allowed to reopen last December.


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