Sixth victim in hospital with legionella gardening bug

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A SIXTH person has been struck down with a legionella bug linked to compost that left four Lothian gardeners in intensive care.

The latest victim, who is from the Tayside region, is believed to remain in hospital. The four Lothian gardeners who became ill as a result of the Legionella longbeachae bug are no longer seriously ill.

Health Protection Scotland (HPS) said today that provisional results indicated there is no single source, or supplier, associated with the outbreak.

Dr Martin Donaghy, medical director with HPS, said: “One further case has been identified in NHS Tayside, bringing the total number of confirmed cases of Legionella longbeachae to six. The risk of becoming unwell from gardening activities remains very low, however, we would recommend good hygiene in relation to gardening.”