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Edinburgh legionnaires’ cases hit 95

The number of people thought to have been affected by an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease in Edinburgh has risen to 95.

There are now 48 confirmed cases and 47 suspected cases, with three of the patients in intensive care.

The first case was identified on 28 May and two people have died.

It is thought there was a common airborne exposure to the Legionella bacterium over south west Edinburgh but the exact source has not been located.

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: “As well as the efforts being made by health service staff to treat those who are critically ill in hospital, a tremendous amount of work is being undertaken by the Health and Safety Executive and the City of Edinburgh Council to identify and deal with the source of the outbreak.”

Initial tests on cooling towers at the centre of the Legionnaires’ outbreak in Edinburgh proved inconclusive.

However, an incident management team (IMT) concluded last week there was evidence which suggested the source of the exposure was “most likely to have been the cluster of cooling towers in Wheatfield Road”.

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