Torrevieja's recycling prize
By Dave Jones GLASS recycling in Torrevieja went up by 7% this summer.
Deputy mayor Fanny Serrano gave a press conference on Tuesday with Roberto Fuentes, regional director of national recycling company Ecovidrio.
Sra Serrano explained that Ecovidrio had run a new campaign in conjunction with the town hall to encourage residents, tourists and bar owners to recycle bottles.
Sr Fuentes revealed that a total of 910 tonnes of glass had been collected from containers around the municipality during the busy summer months.
For this reason his company had awarded Torrevieja the ‘Iglú Verde’ prize for increasing the amount of glass recycled in the town compared with the previous year.
Sra Serrano said that Torrevieja residents had shown that they are conscious of environmental issues.
She noted that the 30 kilos of glass per person recycled in the town is almost double the average for the Valencia region.
Sra Serrano said 355 businesses had taken part in the campaign this summer compared with 271 last year.
A total of 50% of the oneuse glass in the municipality comes from the hostelry industry, she noted. By Jack Troughton A CASE of diphtheria has been diagnosed at Dénia hospital – only the fifth in three years in Spain, where the highly-contagious condition was thought to have been extinct since 1986.
The patient, aged 53, had not travelled to any highrisk country in many years, and had been vaccinated in early childhood and again before his military service.
But the Spaniard did not have the recommended boosters at age 40, which are also strongly advised again at age 65.
He checked into A&E a fortnight ago with what appeared to be tonsilitis and laryngitis, fever, skin rash, serious breathing difficulties, a reduced heartbeat caused by a swelling of the heart muscle – known as Myocarditis – and a general feeling of being unwell.
Immediately suspecting diphtheria, medics isolated him and admitted him to intensive care, sending bacteria samples to Spain's top infectious and contagious diseases hospital in Madrid.
There doctors confirmed that the man had diphtheria.
He has been responding well to antibiotics in the last fortnight, according to hospital sources, and has not needed any anti-toxins.
Diphtheria, which was wiped out much earlier in the UK thanks to a routine vaccine introduced in 1942, is very contagious as well as infectious, meaning it is airborne as well as transmitted via person-to-person contact.
The first known case in Spain since 1986 was a sixyear-old boy from Olot, in Cataluña, who died in 2015.
His parents opposed vaccinations and traditional medicine, meaning he had never been inoculated against this or any other viral diseases