Legionellosis - outbreak in Edinburgh, Scotland, appears to be ending

The number of new cases of legionnaires' disease appears to be slowing. Only 2 new cases were detected in the last 24 hours. The total numbers of confirmed and suspected cases has reached 82. One person has died. Contaminated water vapour from cooling towers has caused this outbreak, and corrective measures have been taken.

Transmission of legionellosis usually occurs following exposure to warm aerosolized water as the bacteria are inhaled through water droplets in water sprays or mists. Exposure can occur in or around hot tubs, showers, or from air conditioning systems in buildings with cooling towers.
Travellers who develop serious respiratory symptoms after being in air conditioned buildings should seek medical care as soon as possible.

Visit our Health Library for more information on exposure to and the prevention of Legionnaires' Disease.

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