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Renfrew cooling towers treated to tackle legionella

Fourteen cooling towers have been disinfected to counteract an outbreak of legionnaire’s disease in Scotland.

While only two of the five people confirmed to have the disease came from Renfrew, the remaining three had been in the area during the two-week incubation period.

The town was therefore judged to be the common denominator and the decision to treat the cooling towers was seen as the most effective action.

The towers were all located within a four-mile radius of the homes of the two sufferers from Renfrew.

The local authorities have warned all GP surgeries to be on the lookout for people complaining of symptoms.

No new cases of the disease have been reported since the treatment was completed.

An outbreak of legionnaire’s disease in Edinburgh last May affected more than 100 people and resulted in three fatalities.

Inta director Stuart Gizzi said: “Thankfully, this outbreak does not appear to be as extreme as those we have seen over the past couple of years.

“However, it is still disappointing that we are having to echo previous warnings as lessons have not been learnt from the Edinburgh outbreak.

“This latest incident is a serious reminder of how necessary it is to take precautions against the infection, whether in a commercial or industrial setting, or in the home or healthcare sector.”

The H&V News Combating Legionella & Water Treatment conference will take place in Birmingham this year and runs from 17-18 September.

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