Legionnaires' Outbreak May Ease Off In Few Days
Legionellosis is a potentially fatal infectious disease caused by gram negative, aerobic bacteria belonging to the genus Legionella. Recently, there was a huge outbreak in the Edinburgh as a number of cases related to Legionnaires' disease surfaced. The health authorities went in to emergency mode to make sure that the disease does not spread.
Now Scotland's Chief Medical Officer Sir Harry Burns has come out and said that there would be a gradual decrease in the number of cases related to Legionnaires' disease in the coming days. However, he added that this would only be possible if the source of the disease that they identified few days ago was correct. After the first case surfaced, it was speculated the outbreak covered areas in the south west of the city and health officials believe, it is connected to an outdoor source, possibly a cooling tower. Later, it was said that cooling towers in the south west of the city could be the source of the disease.
Till date, there have been 61 confirmed or suspected cases of Legionellosis. Health Secretary Nicola Sturgeon had also recently announced that a further 10 cases were confirmed. One of those patients was being treated at in the north of England, while other was treated in the highlands.
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