At an Outbreak Control Team meeting today it was reported that there has been one further case of Legionnaire’s Disease linked to the Renfrew area.
This brings the total number of confirmed cases to six.
This sixth case is responding well to treatment at home and has not required hospital treatment.
The previously reported five cases have now all recovered and been discharged from hospital.
Dr Gillian Penrice, NHSGGC Consultant in Public Health, said: “Given the two week incubation period of the disease it was always a possibility that some further cases may be identified. I am pleased however that this individual has a mild form of the disease and is responding well to treatment at home.”
As has been previously reported all the cases have had some direct or indirect connection to the Renfrew area and investigations into a possible source are ongoing in partnership with the Health and Safety Executive, Health Protection Scotland, Renfrewshire Council and other local authorities.
Dr Penrice added: “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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Notes to Editors
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..