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Legion bug gran fights for her life.

A GRAN was last night fighting for her life after being struck down by Legionnaires' disease.

Anne Bennett was airlifted from Edinburgh Royal Infirmary to a hospital in Leicester for specialist treatment in the early hours of yesterday.

She had been placed in a medically induced coma after her organs began to fail.

The 60-year-old lives in Gorgie, the Edinburgh area at the centre of the Legionnaires outbreak that has claimed two men's lives since mid-May.

Last night, Anne's husband Frank was too upset to talk. But her daughter Leanne Rae, 35, said: "No one's saying where it's coming from and my dad is still walking about Gorgie.

"Do I now have to be thinking that I will be sitting a few days from now in the hospital with him because he's going to catch it?" An NHS Lothian spokesman said: "The risk of infection is now very low as the towers involved were shock dosed with chlorine.

"The incubation period for this disease is up to 14 days and we have had no cases come outside of that."

Meanwhile, MSPs were told companies may find it hard to comply with guidance to prevent future outbreaks.

The Health and Safety Executive's Pam Waldron told the health and sport committee: "The push has to be for consistent and effective control regimes."


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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Jun 27, 2012
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