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FORTY people are now being treated after a Legionnaires’ disease outbreak – and the toll could double within days. One patient has died and 12 remain in intensive care in the Edinburgh outbreak blamed on a contaminated cloud from an industrial cooling tower.
[A] contaminated cloud from an industrial cooling tower.[!!!!!]
What is Legionnaires’ disease? Legionnaires’ disease is an acute form of pneumonia. It is caused by breathing in water droplets containing the legionella pneumophila bacteria. In small numbers, the bacteria, which is common in lakes and rivers, is harmless. But in man-made air conditioning systems, cooling towers or swimming pools, it can multiply, sometimes with deadly results.