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Investigation Launched After Scottish Legionnaires’ Case

Patient Being Treated For Illness In Aberdeen


Health authorities in Scotland are investigating after it was confirmed that a patient at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary is being treated for Legionnaires’ disease.

NHS Lanarkshire has confirmed it is collaborating with other Trusts and bodies including Health Protection Scotland as it considers the source of the infection, after a patient became ill while on Shetland.

It has also been revealed that the sufferer had stayed in Aberdeen for a night on his way there.

Reports of the case have come just weeks after it was confirmed that a man was being treated for Legionnaires’ after visiting a hotel leisure centre in Dundee.

Elaine Russell of Irwin Mitchell’s Glasgow office said it was vital that action is quickly taken to prevent others from falling ill.

She outlined: “Through our work representing people who have contracted Legionnaires’ both at home and abroad, as well as the loved ones of those who have died because of it, we have seen just how devastating the illness can be.

“Every effort needs to be made to discover the source of the condition, as serious questions will no doubt be raised by anywhere the patient has been in recent days.

“A clear and thorough examination will be vital to providing answers as to how this has happened, as well as how any further cases can be avoided in the coming months.

“We eagerly anticipate the outcome of NHS Lanarkshire’s investigation.”