Saturday, June 9, 2012

Cases of legionnaires in Edinburgh rise to 80

The number of confirmed and suspected cases of legionnaires' disease in Edinburgh rose to 80 on Saturday, after cooling towers suspected of causing the outbreak were closed.

There are now 36 confirmed cases and a further 44 people thought to have contracted the disease.

On Friday the North British Distillery in Edinburgh was served with an improvement notice by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

The firm said it had also halted production at a second plant in the city while investigations continued.

However, both the firm and health inspectors said the order did not mean that its three cooling towers were the definitive source of the outbreak.

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