Legionnaires' outbreak in Scotland slowing
Newly released figures showed the smallest daily increase since the outbreak was recognized nearly one week ago. There was only a single new confirmed case and a new suspected case of the illness in the new report, according to the BBC.
"These latest figures are reassuring and in line with expectations, and although it is too early to be definite, they do suggest we are now in the later stages of this outbreak," Health Secretary Nicola Sturgeon said, the BBC reports.
One man, Robert Air, has died since the outbreak was officially declared.
The latest figures show at least 37 confirmed cases and 45 suspected cases. Fifteen people are being treated in intensive care units and 26 in general wards. Nineteen have been treated and released.
The Health and Safety Executive and Edinburgh City Council are continuing to investigate the source of the outbreak.
The Health and Safety Executive recently served the North British Distillery with an improvement notice for allegedly failing to adequately control the risk of legionella. No official leads have been recognized, but the cooling towers at the distillery were recently shut down. The company said it has halted its production as a precaution, according to the BBC.