Last summer’s Legionnaires’ disease outbreak in Edinburgh killed three people and sickened more than a hundred, making it one of the largest outbreaks in recent memory. Despite the magnitude of the outbreak and the fact that many victims are still suffering, according to news sources, Scots will have to wait two years for the release of a detailed report on the outbreak by NHS Lothian. The report, which is, according to Scotsman.com, “all but finalized”, contains information on the number of people affected by the outbreak, as well as the source, and additional details on what caused the massive outbreak.
While the ongoing criminal investigation is clearly important in this matter, it is unfair to make the public wait two years for information on why and how this outbreak happened. The suspected source is several industrial cooling towers in the Gorgie section of Edinburgh. But little else has been released to the public. The lack of transparency in this situation is unfortunate. Residents of Edinburgh simply want answers regarding last summer’s outbreak and want to be reassured that it will not happen again.
Jules Zacher is an attorney in Philadelphia who has tried Legionnaires’ disease cases across the country. Please visit LegionnaireLawyer.com again for updates on this story.