Legionnaires’ Disease cases confirmed in Scotland

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HBE LegionellaThree cases of Legionnaires’ Disease have been confirmed by NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde.  The health authority has advised that two patients had been discharged after recovering, while the third remains in a stable condition.

Health chiefs say that while small occurrences of Legionnaires’ occur every year, there was some concern over the closeness of this cluster. Dr Gillian Penrice, NHSGGC consultant in public health, said: “There are always a small number of cases of LD in the community every year, however this rise in the number of cases so close together is unusual.

“As a result we have begun an investigation to examine if there is any potential common source or whether these cases are coincidental, albeit unusual.

“We are working closely with our partners in local authorities, the Health and Safety Executive and Health Protection Scotland.”

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