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Legionnaires' update: 61 suspected cases

The number of suspected cases in the Legionnaires’ disease outbreak in Edinburgh has risen by a further 10, taking the total to 61.

The development follows the death of a man in what has been described as the worst outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease in Scotland.

NHS Lothian confirmed on Tuesday that a further 16 suspected cases are being looked into, with some seriously ill in hospital.

The deceased man, in his fifties and with an underlying health condition, died at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary.

Early indications suggested the outbreak was the result of a contaminated cloud being emitted from a cooling tower in the south west of the city.

Officials are now liaising with the Met Office to analyse the impact of temperature and wind speed on plumes from the towers.

Speaking on the 7 June to BBC Radio Scotland, Dennis Kelly, a senior consultant with Legionella Control International, said: “If they find something that has caused it to happen, something obvious, something that should have been done that hasn’t been done, then they may take that further.”

Health officials warned on Tuesday that the outbreak, which began last Thursday and has affected people living or working in south-west Edinburgh, might not be over and more cases could emerge in the coming days.