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Legionnaires update: Cases rise to 80

The Scottish Government’s Health Secretary has confirmed that cases for the Legionnaires’ outbreak has risen to 80 confirmed or suspected.

According to The Independent, the outbreak in the south-west of Edinburgh has seen an increase of eight in the total number of confirmed cases and a decrease of two suspected cases.

The Health and Safety Executive and Edinburgh City Council are continuing their investigations into the possible source of the outbreak.

An improvement notice has been served on the North British Distillery Company for alleged failures to adequately control the risk of legionella in a cooling tower.

The company said it took three towers out of use on Thursday and is working with the authorities to resolve the issue.

Of those cases of the disease being treated in hospital, 15 are in intensive care and 27 are in general wards.

A total of 16 cases are being treated in the community, 16 have been discharged from hospital.

So far one man has died, named locally as 56-year-old Robert Air, from Seafield in Edinburgh.