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Contaminated hospital feed kills second baby

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Another baby has died at St Thomas’ Hospital in London from what is believed to have been a contaminated food supply. Twenty-two babies are currently being treated for blood poisoning in connection with the infectious outbreak. 

All of the babies were being fed a liquid mixture of nutrients directly into their bloodstream, after which the babies developed septicemia.  Public Health England said that the septicemia was caused by the Bacillus cereus bacterium, a form of bacteria linked closely with an “intravenous fluid supplied by ITH Pharma”.

Public Health England (PHE) and the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) are currently investigating the outbreak. Most of the babies affected were born premature, which can lead to life-threatening complications alone.  There are 26 deaths in every 1,000 premature births.

Infected babies treated at ten hospitals

The first baby to die from the infection was nine-day-old Yousef Al-Kharboush.  He died from the suspected contamination on Sunday 1st June. Infected babies are being treated at ten hospitals across England, including four at Chelsea and Westminster NHS Trust and two at Addenbrooke’s, Cambridge University Hospitals.  There have been no new cases since the 2nd of June.

Prof Mike Catchpole, from PHE, said: “PHE is continuing to work with the MHRA on this investigation and to ensure all possible lessons from this serious incident are identified.

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