Suspected Legionnaires' death

A third person suspected of having Legionnaires disease has died. The Scottish Government said the man in his 60s, from south west Edinburgh, had been unwell for a while. His condition was linked to the original outbreak.

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'Sincere condolences' sent to family and friends

My sincere condolences go to the family and friends of the patient who passed away in Edinburgh tonight in a case linked to the outbreak of Legionnaires' disease in the city. My thoughts are with them at this very difficult time.

Despite this sad and tragic development, it remains the case that we believe the outbreak to have peaked. However, we continue to monitor the situation carefully and advise anyone with any concerns to contact the special NHS 24 helpline on 08000 85 85 31.

– Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing Nicola Sturgeon

Man had 'underlying health conditions'

The man, who had significant pre-existing underlying health conditions, died earlier on Thursday evening in Edinburgh Royal Infirmary.

The health board said that he was one of the confirmed cases in the outbreak, which began in the Scottish capital at the beginning of June.

The first man to die was named as Robert Air, 56, from the Seafield area of the capital, whose death was reported on June 5.


Small rise in Legionnaires' cases in Scotland

Cases of a deadly outbreak of Legionnaires' disease in Scotland have risen again, the Scottish Government has confirmed.

There are now 82 confirmed and suspected cases of Legionnaires' disease from the outbreak in the south-west of Edinburgh.

This is an increase of one in the total number of confirmed cases, taking the number to 37, and an increase of one suspected case from yesterday, taking the total to 45.

The Health and Safety Executive and Edinburgh City Council are continuing their investigations into the possible source of the outbreak.

'Precautionary operation' to take cooling towers off-line

Ensuring the health and safety of our employees and the local community is our highest priority. On Thursday 7 June we voluntarily took our cooling towers off-line until the legionella results from samples taken earlier this week are reported. While this precautionary operation is under way we have temporarily ceased distillation. Industrial cooling towers remain only one potential source of the infection and North British Distillery is one of a number of sites with such towers in Edinburgh.

We continue to work closely with the HSE and all other relevant authorities in relation to this issue. North British Distillery would like to reaffirm that the Improvement Notice issued by the HSE today does not mean that this cooling tower has been identified as the source of the outbreak.

– North British Distillery


Number of Legionnaires' cases up to 74

There are now 74 confirmed and suspected cases of Legionnaires' disease amid an outbreak in the Scottish capital.

Scottish Health Secretary Nicola Sturgeon has said the increase of 13 in the total number of confirmed and suspected cases had been expected.

Twenty-eight people have now been confirmed as having Legionnaires' disease and another 46 are suspected of having it.

So far one man has died, named locally as 56-year-old Robert Air, from Seafield in Edinburgh.

Cooling tower closed in Edinburgh

A company in Edinburgh has closed three of its water cooling towers, amid concerns that one of the towers could be the source of the deadly outbreak of Legionnaire's disease.

North British Distillery Company was served an '"Improvement Notice" by the Government's Health and Safety Executive:

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has today served an Improvement Notice on an Edinburgh company for alleged failures to adequately control the risk of legionella in a cooling tower.

The Improvement Notice served on North British Distillery Company Ltd refers to one cooling tower at Wheatfield Road, Edinburgh. However, the company has chosen to take all three cooling towers out of operation.

The Notice was served for a failure to devise and implement a sustained and effective biocide control programme in one cooling tower.

– Health and Safety Executive

The company has closed all three cooling towers on the site as a safety precaution.

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