Public Health England announces a sixth death linked with Listeria outbreak

Thursday August 1, 2019

The multi-agency team investigating cases of listeriosis linked to sandwiches and salads has confirmed that, since the last update, there has been another death linked to this outbreak, bringing the total number of deaths linked to this outbreak to six .

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 St Richard’s Hospital, in Chichester. 

Western Sussex Hospitals’ Chief Nurse and Director of Infection Prevention and Control, Dr Maggie Davies, said: “We are greatly saddened by this news and wish to extend our sincere condolences to the patient’s family and friends.

“Patient safety is always our absolute priority and as soon as we were informed we may have received contaminated chicken sandwiches from the Good Food Chain we removed all products from our hospitals.

“Since then, we have had no further listeriosis infections reported to us and we want to reassure our patients, visitors and staff that the risk remains very low.”

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, the agency has tested 34 samples and none are linked to the outbreak.

There have been no new cases of listeriosis linked to this outbreak. Public health investigations continue and the public should be reassured that the risk to the public continues to be low.

Western Sussex was one of 43 hospital trusts across England supplied with pre-packed sandwiches and salads by the Good Food Chain.

The company alerted the trust to concerns relating to its chicken sandwiches on May 25 and we immediately withdrew all Good Food Chain products containing chicken from our patient catering service and the League of Friends shop at Worthing Hospital.

No other food outlets, shops or restaurants in any of our hospitals stocked products from this supplier.

 

 

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