Legionnaires’ outbreak update


The latest reports on the Edinburgh Legionnaires’ outbreak show that there are no further confirmed cases of the disease.

This means the total number of confirmed cases is still 41. There is one additional suspected case, taking this total to 48.

As a result the total number of overall cases is 89, an increase of one on yesterday’s figure.

Of those cases being treated in hospital, 10 are in intensive care and 18 are on general wards.

A total of 18 cases are being treated in the community, 34 have been discharged from hospital. and two people have died, the latest a man in his 40s who had significant underlying health issues.

Seven cases are being treated outwith the NHS Lothian area. The ages of the confirmed cases ranges between 33 and 81, with more males than females affected.

NHS 24 has received 858 calls to the dedicated helpline for Legionnaires’ disease.

The Health and Safety Executive and Edinburgh City Council are continuing their investigations into the possible source of the outbreak.

Health Secretary Nicola Sturgeon offered her condolences to the relatives of the gentleman who died and said:

“Today’s developments are in line with expectations and this minor change in the total number of cases doesn’t alter the view that the worst of this outbreak is over.

“NHS Lothian services are coping with the continued demand and the City of Edinburgh Council and the Health and Safety Executive continue to make significant progress in their investigation to identify the source of this outbreak. However people should continue to be vigilant and if they are experiencing symptoms should contact the NHS helpline number on 0800 0858 531 or their GP.”

Dr Duncan McCormick, Consultant in Public Health Medicine, NHS Lothian, said:

“We are investigating one new suspected case of Legionnaire’s disease in Lothian. This gradual decline in new cases is in line with our expectations.

“I am pleased to see that again more patients have recovered and have been discharged home and ongoing monitoring of all of our services shows that the number of patients affected or with concerns is continuing to fall.”