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New death linked to Legionnaires'

A second pensioner has died of suspected Legionnaires' disease, health officials have confirmed.

A 70-year-old man from South Wales died on Wednesday following the death of a 64-year-old woman from the region on Monday.

Neither case has yet been confirmed as being Legionnaires' disease.

There are now 14 cases identified as being linked to the outbreak of the disease, all of whom have required hospital treatment.

Health officials continue to investigate the source of the outbreak. All cases have occurred clustered around the South Wales Heads of the Valleys corridor.

Public Health Wales (PHW) is working closely with the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and environmental health officers from seven South Wales local authorities.

"Investigations into the possible source of this outbreak are ongoing," a PHW spokesman said.

"Information has been circulated to GPs advising of the steps to be taken if patients have symptoms.

"Legionella bacterium has the potential to cause Legionnaires' disease which begins with flu-like symptoms and can lead to pneumonia.

"Most cases are sporadic and it generally occurs in adults."

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