Increased incidence of Legionnaires’ disease caused by Legionella longbeachae in Scotland: Report from a National Incident Management Team

Publication Date: 12 September 2013

Over the period 2008-2012, nine cases of L. longbeachae infection have been notified to HPS, making it the most common pathogenic species of Legionella identified after L. pneumophila.

In accordance with the Scottish Government’s 'Management of Public Health Incidents: Guidance on the Roles and Responsibilities of NHS-led Incident Management Teams' in January 2012, HPS convened a national Incident Management Team (IMT) to manage the national outbreak and decide on what to recommend to the Minster of Public Health for action to prevent it.

This report covers epidemiological, microbiological and environmental investigation, as well as risk assessment and recommendations.

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