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PHPU Investigates Rise In Legionella Pneumonia Cases

May 05, 2011 4:59 PM

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The NHSGGC Public Health Protection Unit with Health Protection Scotland (HPS) and a number of other partner agencies including the Health and Safety Executive are investigating an increase in the number of Greater Glasgow residents with Legionella Pneumonia.
We are aware of five individuals who have tested positive for the disease. 
Sadly a 58-year-old male, with other underlying medical conditions, who was confirmed as having the disease passed away last week.
A 34-year-old female, with a number of underlying health problems, presented in hospital this morning and is currently in critical condition in a city ITU.
The three other individuals affected are stable and are all responding well to treatment.
Dr Syed Ahmed, NHSGGC’s Lead Consultant in Public Health, said: “There are always a small number of cases of LP in the community every year, however this rise in the number of cases so close together is unusual. 
“As a result we have begun an urgent investigation with HPS and Environmental Health colleagues today to examine if there is any potential common source or whether these cases are coincidental, albeit unusual. At this early stage in these investigations we have established no link between the cases.
“It is important to remember that Legionella cannot be spread from person to person. It is an uncommon bacterial infection.
“Legionella bacteria is found in water and can be spread through aerosols produced from water, such as air conditioning and showers and it cannot be contracted by drinking contaminated water.
“The symptoms and signs of Legionnaires’ Disease include headache, fever, dry cough, breathing difficulties, stomach pains and diarrhoea. I would like to advise anyone currently with these symptoms to contact NHS 24 tel: 08454 24 24 24 or their own GP.”
 
ENDS
 
For more information tel: 0141 201 4429or email:  [email protected]

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