Hopes high legionnaires’ has peaked

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HOPES are high that no more cases of legionnaires’ disease caused by the deadly outbreak in the Capital will be reported.

There have been no new cases in the last week and it is understood that an increase on the 99 confirmed or suspected victims is not expected.

Following a meeting of the NHS Lothian incident management team yesterday afternoon, Dr Richard Othieno, a consultant in public health medicine, said he was confident the outbreak, which claimed three lives, was drawing to a close.

And Allen Wilson, a legionnaires’ disease expert, said: “I think it’s unlikely that there will be further cases.”

Labour Lothians MSP Sarah Boyack reiterated calls for a public inquiry into the legionnaires’ crisis.

“We need decisive action to focus now on identifying the source of the outbreak, learn lessons from the handling of the outbreak and see what can be done to reduce the possibility of future outbreaks,” she said.

Gordon Erasmuson, who was diagnosed last month, said victims had been met by “a wall of silence” in their search for answers.