Concerns Grow Over Scottish Legionnaires’ Outbreak

Disease Identified In Glasgow And Lanarkshire


An illness expert at Irwin Mitchell has demanded that authorities work quickly to prevent more people being seriously affected by a Legionnaires’ disease outbreak.

It has been confirmed that two further people have died in both the Glasgow and Lanarkshire health board areas, which means that a total of three have passed away after contracting the disease.

Experts including the Health and Safety Executive and environmental health officers are now working to discover the common source of the disease, which four other people have also contracted in recent weeks.

Specialists at Irwin Mitchell represent a number of people who have suffered illness both in the UK and abroad and have seen the terrible impact that diseases like Legionnaires’ can have on victims and their families.

Elaine Russell, a Partner at the firm’s Glasgow office, called on public health bodies to get to the bottom of this worrying outbreak.

“Illnesses like Legionnaires can leave people facing long-term health problems and, as has been shown, can be fatal,” she explained.

“Every effort has to be made to locate the source of the outbreak and prevent any further people from contracting this devastating illness. Hopefully then lessons can be learnt that will provide reassurances that no one else will face such problems in the future.”