Three hospital patients die after eating sandwiches linked to listeria outbreak

Maricruz Casares
Junio 8, 2019

Cases of listeria infection were found in six seriously ill hospital patients.

The third patient was in the care of Aintree University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

Three hospital patients have died in England following an outbreak of listeria linked to pre-packed sandwiches, Public Health England (PHE) has said.

According to the company's website, it has provided hospitals, universities, sports venues, as well as business and industry with food for the past 20 years.

Sandwiches and salads linked to the outbreak have been withdrawn and supplier The Good Food Chain has voluntarily ceased production.

The company said its "products are handmade, using fresh ingredients and has been accredited by industry standard rewards".

"To date, there have been no associated cases identified outside healthcare organisations and any risk to the public is low".

CNN has contacted North Country Quality Foods for comment.

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Colin Sullivan, chief operating officer at the FSA, said his agency had taken action alongside local authorities to "minimize the risk based on the evidence so far".

Listeria is a bacteria that causes illness from contaminated food.

Pregnant women, newborns, older adults and anyone with a weakened immune system are most at risk for Listeriosis infection. "The FSA will continue to investigate how the outbreak occurred and if further steps are required to protect vulnerable groups".

Symptoms of Listeria infection include fever, muscle aches, and gastrointestinal illness such as diarrhea.

Food products are often being recalled due to listeria fears.

The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) said it was "likely" the extent of the outbreak has been underestimated.

A spokesman said: "We are continuing to work with Public Health England, NHS England and the Food Standards Agency to support their investigation into the cases of listeria that have been identified, which may be linked to one of the trust's food suppliers".

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