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Legionnaires' disease man dies in Edinburgh outbreak Legionnaires' Disease bacteria The Legionella bacteria is commonly found in sources of water, such as rivers and lakes Continue reading the main story Related Stories Legionnaires' cases rise to six A man in his 50s has died as the number of confirmed and suspected cases of Legionnaires' disease in an Edinburgh outbreak continues to rise. The man, who had underlying health conditions, was being treated at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh. NHS Lothian says it is dealing with 17 confirmed and 15 suspected cases. The source of the infection is still being investigated. The potential area for infection is estimated at about 44 square miles
The first case was identified on Monday 28 May.
The Legionella bacteria is commonly found in sources of water, such as rivers and lakes. It can end up in artificial water supply systems, including air conditioning systems, water services and cooling towers.
Legionnaires' disease is not contagious and cannot be spread directly from person to person.
It is contracted by breathing in small droplets of contaminated water.
Symptoms include mild headaches, muscle pain, fever, a persistent cough and sometimes vomiting and diarrhoea.
Originally posted by lostjohnny
...We don't have cooling towers near us, but everyone seems to be coughing, with muscle pain and headaches...
Nineteen cooling towers have been treated and health officials believe they have stopped the release of bacteria at source, although it will be next week before results will confirm which business was responsible. Most of the towers are at four different commercial sites in the city.