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Third Case of Legionnaires' Disease Confirmed

Issued: 31 Jul 2007

A meeting of the Outbreak Control Team has heard that a third person has
tested positive for Legionnaires' Disease.

The man stayed at Mackay's Hotel, Strathpeffer on the weekend of the
16th/17th of June and also used the Jacuzzi.

He was confirmed as having the disease this morning and was already
receiving treatment at Stirling Royal Infirmary. He is from the Glasgow
area.

Highland Council staff have contacted most of the guests who visited the
hotel between the middle of last month and Monday of this week. Guests
have been reassured that the chances of them becoming ill are low but
they have been advised to see their GP if they are showing symptoms.

Consultant in Public Health Medicine Dr. Ken Oates said: "We are
continuing to make strenuous efforts to contact guests and local
residents who used the leisure facilities at Mackay's Hotel. Although
the risk is low I would encourage anyone with symptoms to see their GP.
Several people we have already contacted have reported feeling unwell
but this is to be expected in a large number of people and none are
currently suspected of having Legionnaire's Disease."

The Highland council's, Head of Environmental Health Alistair Thomson
said: "The premises are closed and we are satisfied that there is no
ongoing risk to public health. We will be discussing improvements with
the Hotel proprietors to ensure that any necessary works are carried
out."

The symptoms to look out for are similar to flu and include fever, dry
cough, headache, muscle aches and sometimes also breathlessness and
diarrhoea.

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