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…


Legionnaires’ outbreak: second company ordered to clean up

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The health and safety watchdog has ordered a clean–up at a second company being investigated as a possible source of an outbreak of legionnaires’ disease. Macfarlan Smith, a pharmaceuticals firm based in Wheatfield Road in the south–west of Edinburgh where most of the cases originated, was served two improvement notices by the Health and Safety Read more…


Revealed: Thousands of Hearts fans were exposed to Legionnaires’ disease at club’s Scottish Cup victory parade

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THOUSANDS of Hearts fans were exposed to legionella bacteria as they celebrated their team’s Scottish Cup victory, health officials said yesterday. More than 100,000 jubilant supporters were gathered just 300 metres away from the Edinburgh distillery at the centre of the scare as the victory parade passed. But NHS Lothian insist of the 82 cases Read more…


HSE serves Improvement Notice on Edinburgh cooling tower

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The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has today served an Improvement Notice on an Edinburgh company for alleged failures to adequately control the risk of legionella in a cooling tower. The Improvement Notice served on North British Distillery Company Ltd refers to one cooling tower at Wheatfield Road, Edinburgh, EH11 2PX. However, the company has Read more…


Legionnaires’ outbreak: Shock at first death

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THE first victim of the city’s legionnaires’ outbreak died within hours of reaching hospital it emerged today – as the casualty count continued to rise. Construction worker Robert “Bert” Air, 56, had been rushed to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary with suspected pneumonia on Tuesday morning before the true extent of the legionnaires’ crisis was known. The Read more…


Legionnaires outbreak preventable

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More needs to be done to combat Legionnaires outbreaks like the one in Edinburgh, the Building & Engineering Services Association (B&ES) said. The Edinburgh outbreak, in which a 56-year-old man has died, indicates that poor maintenance regimes or complacency are still too prevalent in Britain’s public buildings and other large complexes, according to the B&ES. Read more…