Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Legionnaires' Outbreak: 'Risk Is Very Low': 21 confirmed cases

There have been 21 confirmed cases of Legionnaires' disease and 19 suspected cases in Scotland, health secretary Nicola Sturgeon has said.

Ms Sturgeon announced the figures during a news conference organised amid an outbreak which has left one man dead.

She stressed that the risk of disease to the general public was very low.

The majority of the confirmed cases have been linked geographically to the Dalry, Gorgie and Saughton areas in the southwest of Edinburgh.

More cases of the disease are expected to emerge in the next few days but these will be followed by a decline because the source is thought to have been identified, Dr Duncan McCormick of NHS Lothian told reporters.

He said the disease mainly affects older people and those with underlying illnesses.

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