One additional fatality from Legionellosis in Edinburgh outbreak (update)

The total number of cases of Legionaires Disease now stands at 99, 50 of whom have been confirmed by laboratory testing. There have been 3 fatalities. The source is still thought to be faulty industrial cooling towers, but authorities feel that the outbreak has peaked after control measurers were implemented.

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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