Legionnaires’ outbreak update


The number of people affected by the Edinburgh Legionnaires’ outbreak has remained static for three days.

No new cases have been reported on Thursday, which means the total number of confirmed cases remains at 48 and the total number of suspected cases is 47.

The total number of overall cases is 95.

And two more of the patients who were hospitalised as part of the outbreak have now been discharged from hospital.

That means, at noon yesterday, of those cases being treated in hospital, there remains three patients in intensive care and 10 on general wards.

A total of 20 cases are being treated in the community, 53 have been discharged from hospital and two people have sadly died.

Seven cases are being treated outwith the NHS Lothian area. The ages of the confirmed cases ranges between 32 and 85, with more males than females affected.

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

Health Secretary Nicola Sturgeon said:

“It is encouraging that the number of people affected by Legionnaires’ has not increased for the past three days and that two people have now been discharged from hospital. This continues to offer reassurance that the outbreak is under control.

“NHS Lothian are maintaining high quality care for patients who remain unwell and investigations continue to identify and deal with the source of the outbreak.”