One of the patients affected by a legionnaires’ disease outbreak has died in hospital, the Health Protection Agency has said.

A total of 16 people have been confirmed as suffering from the disease in Stoke-on-Trent.

The number of confirmed cases has been rising steadily since news of the outbreak emerged on 24 July and today the HPA confirmed one of the patients in hospital had died.

No further details were released about the person who died, and officials are waiting for a cause of death from the coroner.

The agency said there had been one further case confirmed in Stoke, bringing the total to 16.

All those affected are aged from their late-40s to mid-70s.

A spokesman for University Hospital of North Staffordshire Trust said: “The trust is currently treating 11 patients confirmed with legionnaires’ disease who are all in a stable or improving condition.

“One patient has sadly died. Three patients are well enough to go home and have been discharged.”

A spokesman for University Hospitals of Leicester Trust said: “We are treating a patient transferred from University Hospital of North Staffordshire confirmed with legionnaires’ disease who is in a critical but stable condition.”