CHP investigates case of Legionnaires’ Disease

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The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health is today (June 26) investigating a case of Legionnaires’ Disease involving a 58-year-old man. The patient, with underlying illness, presented with cough, fever and sputum since June 18. Because of increasing shortness of breath, he sought medical consultation at the Accident and Emergency Department Read more…


Edinburgh Legionnaires’ outbreak: Cases rise to 95

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The number of people thought to have been affected by an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease in Edinburgh has risen to 95. There are now 48 confirmed cases and 47 suspected cases, with three of the patients in intensive care. The first case was identified on 31 May and two people have died. It is thought Read more…


Alistair Darling demands legionnaires’ inspection overhaul

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Labour’s Alistair Darling today called for a rethink of the legionella inspection regime for cooling towers. His call came after it was revealed the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) had made only two visits in five years to check the sites at the centre of the investigation into the Edinburgh outbreak. The former Chancellor, who is Read more…


Legionella outbreak ‘avoidable’ claims Kelso chemical boss

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The boss of a Kelso firm which manufactures water treatment and environmental care products believes the legionella outbreak in Edinburgh, which has claimed two lives, could have been avoided. “Not a single cooling tower need be at risk of the Legionaire bacteria infestation ever again,” said Derek Cameron, founder and managing director of Scotmas in Read more…


Edinburgh Legionnaires’ outbreak: Second victim dies

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A second person has died after contracting Legionnaires’ disease in Edinburgh. The man, who was in his 40s, was from the Gorgie area of the city, which is at the centre of the outbreak. It is understood the man had underlying health issues and was being treated at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary. The total number of confirmed Read more…