According to Public Health England, the multi-agency team investigating cases of listeriosis linked to sandwiches and salads can confirm that, since the last update, there has been another death linked to this outbreak. The total number of deaths linked to this outbreak is 6.
The individual who sadly died was one of the 9 previously confirmed cases. The individual is considered to have acquired listeriosis from Good Food Chain products while at Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
Public Health England continues to test all samples of listeria on an ongoing basis to check if they are linked to this outbreak. To date, we have tested 34 samples and none are linked to the outbreak.
There have been no new cases of listeriosis linked to this outbreak. Our investigations continue and the public should be reassured that the risk continues to be low.
The date of onset of symptoms for the 9 previously confirmed cases falls between 20 April and 2 June and evidence suggests that all individuals ate the affected products in hospitals before the withdrawal took place on the 25 May 2019. No cases of listeriosis linked to this outbreak have been confirmed in people outside of hospital settings and therefore the risk to the public remains low.
The Food Standards Agency (FSA) is leading the investigation into the food supply chain to identify the source of the listeria strain linked to the hospital cases with the support of local authorities.
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