Tor­re­vieja's re­cy­cling prize

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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

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