Another Case of Legionella Longbeachae in Tayside

Another Case of Legionella Longbeachae in TaysideA fifth case of Legionella Longbeachae has been identified by the NHS Tayside, which is linked to gardening compost. According to the NHS, the case is making steady progress.

Two patients have been discharged after treatment and the other two are being treated in intensive care after falling ill with Legionella Longbeachae in Lothians last week.

According to reports, the four people affected with the disease are between the age of 62 and 84 and are keen gardeners too.

The infection is not infectious or contagious and health experts assume that it is due to breathing in very small dust particles or drops of contaminated water.

According to a survey, this disease is also contracted from commercially growing material and composted material such as bark and sawdust.

Dr. Martin Donaghy, the Medical Director of  Health Protection Scotland, said, "Following the identification of five cases of an unusual form of legionnaires' disease in Lothian and Tayside, Health Protection Scotland is coordinating an incident management team to investigate this issue".

He said the risk of becoming ill due to working with compost remains very low and we would recommend good hygiene in relation to gardening. Habits like wearing gloves, wearing a mask if dusty, and washing hands immediately after use can help in remaining healthy.