Response to death in Edinburgh

NHS Lothian is aware of the death of an Edinburgh man on Tuesday. At this stage, there is no evidence that this man died of Weil's Disease.

The Daily Record newspaper has printed a story today about this man's death.

The newspaper was sent the following statement, which it chose not to publish.

Response to Daily Record

Dr Richard Othieno, Consultant in Public Health, NHS Lothian, said:

"NHS Lothian was alerted yesterday to the death of a man in Edinburgh. Preliminary investigations suggest that the cause of death does not have wider public health implications. A post mortem will be held tomorrow (Thursday, 14th of Aug).
"As a precaution, a small number of people who had worked in the same area were taken to the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh for medical checks after complaining of flu-like symptoms. Routine tests were conducted and no-one was admitted to hospital."
"A meeting involving a number of agencies has been held to assess potential risks to the public. NHS Lothian will continue to monitor the situation."
14/08/2008