Legionnaires’ investigation continues after fatal outbreak in Stoke

Eight people remain in hospital as cooling towers are treated with chlorine and spas and air-conditioning systems tested

Efforts to identify the source of legionnaires’ disease in Stoke-on-Trent are continuing, after the outbreak which has so far which has killed one person and infected at least 15 others.

Eight people, aged between their late-40s and mid-70s, remain in hospital. The first cases were confirmed six days ago and cooling towers in the city have been treated with chlorine although no source has yet been identified.

Other potential sites of infection, including spas and air-conditioning systems, have also been tested. No cause of death has yet been given for the patient who died on Saturday although an update on the outbreak is expected on Monday afternoon.

One patient at Glenfield hospital, Leicester, was said to be in a critical but stable condition on Sunday night, while the others at the University of North Staffordshire hospital, Stoke, were stable or improving.

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