14/06/2012 19:58 BST | Updated 14/06/2012 20:00 BST

Legionnaires' Outbreak: Second Person Dies After Edinburgh Outbreak

A second person has died after catching Legionnaires' disease in the outbreak in Edinburgh, NHS Lothian said tonight.

The man, who had significant pre-existing underlying health conditions, died earlier on Thursday evening in Edinburgh Royal Infirmary.

The health board said that he was one of the confirmed cases in the outbreak, which began in the Scottish capital at the beginning of June.

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A micrograph picture of the Legionionella pneumophilia bacteria. The bacteria replicates quickly, part of what makes the disease so infectious

The first man to die was named as Robert Air, 56, from the Seafield area of the capital, whose death was reported on June 5.