Dr Duncan McCormick
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Cooling tower most likely source of Legionnaires' outbreak

Health authorites in Scotland believe an outbreak in the number of cases of Legionnaires' disease in Edinburgh has most likely been caused by a cooling tower in the south west of the city.

Dr Duncan McCormick, a consultant in public health medicine for NHS Lothian, said treatment had been undertaken at all cooling towers in the area, although other potential sources for the outbreak had not been ruled out.

Dr McCormick urged people in Edinburgh to remain vigilant about spotting early symptons of the disease.

However, he added that "household water supplies are safe and that Legionnaires' disease cannot be contracted by drinking water".

The number of confirmed cases of Legionnaires' disease in Edinburgh has risen to seven, with six men in intensive care units.

  • 05 Jun 2012
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