Edinburgh Legionnaires’ outbreak: new total of 80 cases

Posted on June 9, 2012

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The number of confirmed and suspected cases of Legionnaires’ disease in Edinburgh has risen to 80.

Figures released on Saturday show 36 confirmed cases, an increase of eight.

The number of suspected cases is down by two at 44. Health authorities had predicted that the total number of cases would continue to increase.

One man has died in the outbreak. He was Robert Air, who worked on a construction site in the west of Edinburgh.

Of the cases being treated in hospital, 15 are in intensive care and 27 are in general wards.

A total of 16 cases are being treated in the community.

Cooling towers have been shut down at a whisky distillery in Edinburgh which is at the centre of an investigation into an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease.

BBC News

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