In 2012, four people died and over 40 others from the Wester Hailles and Sighthill area of Edinburgh were hospitalised having been diagnosed with Legionnaires Disease. The cause of the outbreak has never been released and surviving victims are now seeking “an end to secrecy”, demanding answers over the source.
Despite requests from the families of those affected, no findings have been released by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) or the Crown Office despite their desperate pleas.
Cooling towers in the area were tested yet legionella was not discovered. A law firm acting for the victims is now planning on presenting evidence to Court, for a disclosure of information.
A Health & Safety Executive spokesperson confirmed reports had been submitted to the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service, but has yet to comment further.
Meanwhile, in South Hedland, western Australia a worker staying at a mining camp is now recovering from Legionnaires Disease. The camp’s water supplies are being tested although it has been suggested it is not the source of the infection. The worker had spent time in Singapore and on a dredging barge before his stay at the camp.