Legionnaires' disease Claims Fourth Life
A new report has uncovered that fourth person in Edinburgh has died by an outbreak of Legionnaires' disease. The same was impugned on cooling towers.
Last summer, three men were found to have lost their lives to the outbreak in the region. The fourth confirmed death is of a 64-year-old woman. In all, 92 people have been targeted by the endemic.
An investigation is being carried out into the outbreak. However, it was suspected earlier that the confirmed cases focused on numerous cooling towers in the city's south-west.
Renfrew also realized a similar epidemic and has, reportedly, seen as many as six people getting infected by the virus. The source of the disease is still being looked for by health officials.
However, all the cooling towers in four miles of the homes of patients have been treated by them with chemicals. The move, according to their belief, would help kill the Legionella bacteria, if any, thereby acting as a safety measure.
"An investigation by Police Scotland and the Health and Safety Executive into the circumstances of the deaths is ongoing under the direction of the Health and Safety Division of COPFS", said a spokesman for Crown Office.
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