Glasgow & West Scotland

New Legionnaires' case identified in the Renfrew area

Legionella bacteria
Image caption There have now been 11 cases of Legionnaires' disease linked to the Renfrew area

A new case of Legionnaires' disease has been identified in the Renfrew area.

This brings the total number of cases in the area to 11 since the infection was identified at the end of June.

The latest sufferer is being treated in hospital and is said to be in a stable condition. All the previously reported cases have fully recovered.

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (GGC) said the source of the infection was still not known and investigations into the outbreak were ongoing.

The health board said that as a precautionary measure, all active water cooling towers in the Renfrew area had been treated with chemicals that kill the legionella bacteria.

A number of towers have also been sampled for the legionella bacteria.

Dr Syed Ahmed, NHS GGC consultant in public health medicine, said: "We have notified all community GPs and our frontline hospital teams to keep this outbreak uppermost in their minds when dealing with patients displaying symptoms of headache, fever, dry cough, breathing difficulties, stomach pains and diarrhoea."

Anyone with these symptoms is urged to contact NHS 24 or their GP.

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