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Legionnaires' cases on the rise in Scotland

Monday 11th June 2012
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Cases of Legionnaires' disease are increasing in Scotland following an outbreak at a hospital in Edinburgh.

The Scottish government confirmed that there were now 82 confirmed and suspected cases of the disease and staff at hospitals across the country's capital are looking for the best sterile services to ensure it does not spread further.

Ministers have now stated that the total number of confirmed cases is up to 37 while suspected strains of the disease now stands at 45.

According to NHS statistics, ten to 15 per cent of otherwise healthy people will die from Legionnaires' disease with 43 people dying from the illness in 2009.

The Health and Safety Executive, along with Edinburgh City Council, are now investigating how the original outbreak occurred.

Health Secretary Nicola Sturgeon said: "These latest figures are reassuring and in line with expectations, and although it is too early to be definite they do suggest we are now in the later stages of this outbreak."

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