Legionnaires’ outbreak update
The latest reports on the Edinburgh Legionnaires’ outbreak show one further person has been confirmed with the disease.
The person has been unwell for some days, and is being treated in hospital outwith the NHS Lothian area.
This brings the total number of confirmed cases to 49 and the number of suspected cases is 47.
The total number of overall cases is 96.
At noon today, 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.
Eight 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:
“The latest case of Legionnaires’ has been ill for some days, and has now been identified as a confirmed case.
“Over recent days as expected, we have not seen as many cases of Legionnaires’ as we did at the peak of the outbreak, and this continues to offer reassurance that the outbreak remains 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."