Public Health England states that three people have died following an outbreak of listeria infection in hospitals. Additionally, three are seriously ill.
The source of the infection currently seems to be coming from sandwiches available in English hospitals. However, multiple health agencies and local authorities are still investigating.
Public Health England states all six people were seriously ill in the hospital. They are all there at the time they were having the of infection.They also said the people who died were being treated at two hospitals. They were all in the ish cities of Manchester and Liverpool.
Nick Phin, deputy director at the UK’s National Infection Service at Public Health England, said their thoughts are with the families of the patients who have died. He states they have worked quickly to determine the cause of the outbreak. They have taken action to reduce the risk to the public’s health.
He adds that there have been no occasions outside healthcare organizations. Also, the risk to the public is low.
Chief operating officer at the FSA, Colin Sullivan, states that his agency has taken action with local authorities to decrease the risk based on the evidence thus far. He adds that the FSA will continue to investigate how the outbreak required and what steps to take to protect vulnerable groups.
Listeria the Cause For Hospitals Illnesses
According to Public Health England, the sandwiches and salads were causing the illness. The sandwiches came from the hospitals by the supplier. The agency also said the company voluntarily ceased production during the investigation.
Listeria infection symptoms include muscle aches, fever and gastrointestinal illness such as diarrhea.
The most at risk for Listeriosis infection are pregnant women, newborns, older adults, and anyone with a weakened immune system. The risk for pregnant women is that the illness can cause miscarriage, stillbirth, or premature birth.