Glasgow & West Scotland

Two new Legionnaires' cases identified in Renfrew

Legionella bacteria
Image caption There have been eight cases of Legionnaires' Disease linked to the Renfrew area

A further two cases of Legionnaires' Disease have been identified in the Renfrew area.

This brings the total number of cases in the area to eight, since the infection was identified last month.

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (GGC) said the new cases were responding well to treatment at home and all previously reported cases had fully recovered.

The health board said its work with partner agencies had still to identify a possible source for the infection.

Precautionary measure

All water cooling towers in the area have been treated with chemicals that kill the legionella bacteria as a precautionary measure.

The health board said that in, line with national guidance, a number of towers had been sampled for the legionella bacteria.

Dr Gillian Penrice, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde's consultant in public health, said: "We have notified all community GPs and our frontline hospital teams to keep this outbreak uppermost in their minds when dealing with patients displaying symptoms of headache, fever, dry cough, breathing difficulties, stomach pains and diarrhoea."

Anyone with these symptoms is urged to contact NHS 24 or their GP.

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