Investigation Launched Into Legionnaires' Cases

The NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Public Health Protection Unit has said it is investigating three confirmed cases of Legionnaire's Disease (LD).

The three individuals have been treated at different hospitals. Two have recovered and been discharged, while the third is said to be responding well to treatment and remains in a stable condition in hospital.

Dr Gillian Penrice, NHSGGS Consultant in Public Health, said there are always a few cases of LD each year, but to have an increase in the number of cases so close together was "unusual".

The health board is carrying out investigations in liaison with local authorities, the Health and Safety Executive and Health Protection Scotland to see if there is any common source for the infection.

Dr Penrice added: "It is important to remember that Legionella cannot be spread from person to person. It is an uncommon bacterial infection.

"Legionella bacteria is sometimes found in water and can be spread through aerosols produced from water, such as air conditioning and showers and it cannot be contracted by drinking contaminated water.

"The symptoms and signs of Legionnaires' Disease include headache, fever, dry cough, breathing difficulties, stomach pains and diarrhoea. I would like to advise anyone currently with these symptoms to contact NHS 24 on 08454 24 24 24 or their own GP."


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