Two more hospital patients die in sandwich listeria outbreak

Modesto Morganelli
Giugno 15, 2019

The source of the infection is reportedly products supplied by The Good Food Chain and the affected sandwiches and salads have since been withdrawn from hospitals.

An additional three cases have been identified, and one of these patients has died.

It takes the number of deaths to five, among nine cases in all of the bacteria infecting patients, Public Health England (PHE) said.

Public Health England (PHE) confirmed of the nine cases linked to a bad batch of hospital sandwiched, a further two deaths have now been recorded.

The chain - which supplied 43 NHS trusts across the United Kingdom - had been supplied with meat produced by North Country Cooked Meats, which subsequently produced a positive test result for the outbreak strain of listeria.

The number of people to have died because of the bacterial infection has now reached five.

"Sadly, one of the seriously ill six patients PHE confirmed last week has since died", PHE added.

Listeria is a risky bacterial infection.

"The underlying cause of it remains unclear".

The first case showed symptoms on April 25 and sandwiches and salads were withdrawn on May 25, as soon as a link with the cases was suspected.

The death of two of patients from Manchester Royal Infirmary and another patient at Aintree Hospital had already been confirmed by the investigation.

The business was supplied with meat produced by North Country Cooked Meats, which has since tested positive for the outbreak strain of listeria and also stopped production.

All of the cases were found in hospital patients in England and all but one of the fatalities happened more than a month ago.

"To date, there have been no patients linked to this incident outside health-care organisations, but we continue to investigate", said Nick Phin, the deputy head of the National Infection Service.

It can have more serious consequences among those with pre-existing medical conditions, pregnant women and those with a weak immune system. "PHE is continuing to analyse all recent and ongoing samples of listeria from hospital patients to understand whether their illness is linked to this outbreak".

In a statement, the Good Food Chain said: "Our thoughts and deepest sympathies are with the families of those who have died and anyone else who has been affected by this outbreak".

"For our part, we are co-operating fully and transparently with the FSA (Food Standards Agency) and other authorities, and will continue to do so".

There is now an investigation into the outbreak.

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