The death of a second person who contracted Legionnaires’ disease has been confirmed.
The man who had “significant” pre-existing health conditions died on Thursday evening in the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary.
NHS Lothian confirmed the man was one of the 40 confirmed cases of Legionnaires disease which began in the south west of the capital.
No source has been confirmed and investigations by the Health and Safety Executive continue.
Robert Air, 56, was the first man to die from the disease on June 5. His funeral took place on Friday at at the Seafield crematorium which was full to capacity for the service.
The condition is known to have a 10% fatality rate and as such two deaths is fewer that would be expected.
Dr Duncan McCormick, public health consultant for NHS Lothian said: “The standard of care has been excellent while two deaths is more than we would like, to see we’ve only had two deaths is a tribute to the staff treatment.”
He also indicated that health officials believe that the outbreak has peaked with no new cases since Wednesday.
He added “We are doing everything we can to prevent further deaths but we cannot rule it out at this stage.”
Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing Nicola Sturgeon said: "My sincere condolences go to the family and friends of the patient who passed away in Edinburgh tonight in a case linked to the outbreak of Legionnaires' disease in the city. My thoughts are with them at this very difficult time."
Despite this sad and tragic development, it remains the case that we believe the outbreak to have peaked." However, we continue to monitor the situation carefully."
The Health and Safety Executive and Edinburgh City Council are continuing to make progress in their investigations into the possible source of the outbreak."
Anyone with any concerns is being advised to contact the special NHS 24 helpline on 08000 85 85 31.
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