There are fears tens of thousands of people are at risk after an outbreak of Legionnaire's disease in Scotland.
THE number of confirmed cases of Legionnaires' disease following a deadly outbreak has risen, the Scottish Health Secretary said today.
One man, named as 56-year-old Robert Air, has already died from the disease. There are 24 confirmed cases and 37 suspected cases of the infection, with 12 people being treated in intensive care.
After the initial case came to light a week ago, a second was confirmed on Saturday, with another two on the Sunday.
The Scottish Health Secretary Nicola Sturgeon toldtold the Scottish Parliament. "All appropriate action is being taken to minimize the risk of further infection."
Authorities are focusing on four commercial premises in Edinburgh — including a distillery — as potential sources of the killer Legionnaires’ disease outbreak.
Although the source has not been identified a fresh round of chemical treatment is under way at cooling towers of the capital where the outbreak is concentrated.
Legionnaires’ disease is an uncommon but serious form of pneumonia, caused by bacteria distributed widely in natural and artificial water supplies.In most cases, the disease is caused by the inhalation of water containing the bacteria and common sources can be showers, air conditioning, cooling towers, or humidifiers.
Older people, particularly men, heavy smokers and those with other health conditions are at greater risk of contracting the disease.
The outbreak of the disease in the capital was the worst the country has seen since the 1980s.