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Cooling tower is suspected as source of legionella outbreak

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e3985 (Published 07 June 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e3985
  1. Bryan Christie
  1. 1Edinburgh

An industrial cooling tower is thought to be the source of an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease in Edinburgh that has killed one man and left another 15 people critically ill.

There are an additional 15 suspected cases and more are expected to be identified over the coming days.

Four towers have been chemically treated in an attempt to kill the bacteria since the …

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