Outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease in Glasgow Royal Infirmary: Microbiological aspects

M. C. Timbury, J. R. Donaldson, A. C. Mccartney, R. J. Fallon, J. D. Sleigh, D. Lyon, G. V. Orange, D. R. Baird, J. Winter, T. S. Wilson

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The bacteriological investigation of an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease in Glasgow Royal Infirmary affecting 16 patients is described. Most of the patients had been treated in high-dependency areas on two floors of the hospital supplied by the same two air-conditioned ventilation systems. The source of infection was traced to contamination of a cooling tower from which a plume of spray discharged into the intake vents of the two ventilation systems. Rubber grommets within the cooling tower probably provided a nidus of infection there. The control and management of the outbreak are discussed: a policy of frankness about the course and progress of the investigations was adopted and helped to allay anxiety on the part of both staff and media.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)393-403
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Hygiene
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1986
Externally publishedYes


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