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Legionnaires Disease Update

August 09, 2013 3:56 PM

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A further case of Legionnaire’s Disease linked to the Renfrew area have been confirmed at an Outbreak Control Team meeting.

This brings the total number of confirmed cases to eleven.

The latest case is being treated in hospital and is stable. All the previously reported cases are now fully recovered.

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde public health protection unit (PHPU) is continuing to work closely with the Health and Safety Executive, Health Protection Scotland, Renfrewshire Council and other local authorities to identify a possible source for the infection. All confirmed cases have had some direct or indirect link to the Renfrew area.

All active water cooling towers in the area have been treated with chemicals that kill the legionella bacteria as a precautionary measure and, in line with national guidance, a number of towers have been sampled for the legionella bacteria.

Dr Syed Ahmed, NHSGGC Consultant in Public Health Medicine, 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 currently displaying these symptoms should contact NHS 24 on 08454 24 24 24 or their own GP.”

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For further information either tel: 0141 201 4429 or email: [email protected]  

Notes to Editor
It is important to remember that Legionella cannot be spread from person to person.

Legionella cannot be contracted by drinking contaminated water and residents in the Renfrew area should continue to drink water and prepare food in the normal way.

Legionella bacteria is spread through aerosols produced from water, such as water cooling towers, air conditioning and showers.

The symptoms and signs of Legionnaire’s Disease include headache, fever, dry cough, breathing difficulties, stomach pains and diarrhoea.

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