Baby dies after being fed contaminated drip

A batch of contaminated food supplement given to premature babies could have claimed the life of a third baby, health officials have said.

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Baby given contaminated feed at Addenbrooke's Hospital has died

A baby given contaminated feed at Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge has died. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge has confirmed that a baby given a suspected contaminated nutrition drip has died.

It's the third baby to die after 23 became ill after the incident was first reported.

A spokesman for the Cambridge University Hospital Trust said: "We can confirm that a baby has died after receiving contaminated nutritional fluid (TPN). Our thoughts are with the family and we are supporting them during this very difficult and emotional time."

Two other babies who were ill are stable and reported to be doing well. The hospital says it's confident that no other newborns have contracted the bug, bacillus cereus.

The spokesman added: "“A consultant neonatologist has spoken to all of the families on the unit. The babies on the unit have been closely monitored for any signs of infection since we withdraw the contaminated feed."


Third probable blood poisoning case at Addenbrooke's

Public Health England (PHE) today said health officials had identified three further cases, bringing the total number to 21.

The cases were identified after analysis of clinical records of the babies, a spokeswoman said.

The latest probable cases were identified at Stoke Mandeville Hospital in Buckinghamshire, Chelsea and Westminster NHS Trust in London, and Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge.

The babies are responding well to treatment.

More babies in our region fall ill in the neonatal blood poisoning scare

It's emerged that more babies and hospitals in our region have been affected by an outbreak of blood poisoning in neonatal units.

Public Health England has confirmed that a baby in Peterborough has become ill, while the batch of liquid nutrients being linked to the outbreak has also been supplied to the Lister Hospital in Stevenage, though no children there have been poisoned.

There's also one probable case at Southend Hospital, and another possible case at Basildon Hospital

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Peterborough baby responding well to treatment

Peterborough City Hospital Credit: ITV News Anglia

Public Health England (PHE) have reported three further cases of blood poisoning in the region's hospitals.

There is one confirmed case at Peterborough City Hospital. PHE said there is a baby with clinical symptoms and a positive test for Bacillus cereus.

There is a probable case at Southend University Hospital, tests have yet to confirm this is the case, and there was a possible case at Basildon University Hospital but blood testing did not confirm the infection

The babies, who became unwell last week, are responding to antibiotic treatment.

In a statement PHE said: "No new cases have occurred since Tuesday 2 June, when the batches of the affected stock expired, however there is a possibility that babies who developed an infection last week or over the weekend will be reported as a result of our investigations."

The manufacturer of the infected supplies recalled the product on Wednesday. The manufacturer is co-operating fully with the investigation.


Luton hospital issues statement over blood poisoning

A spokesperson for Luton and Dunstable Hospital has commented on the blood poisoning case. Two babies are being treated for the infection.

Dr Jennifer Birch, the hospital's clinical director for neonatal intensive care, said:

We are informing all of the parents whose babies are being cared for in our neonatal intensive care unit about this situation.

"We are reassuring them that the infection does not spread from baby to baby.

The two babies who have been infected are being treated with antibiotics and we are using an alternative type of parenteral nutrition."

– Dr Jennifer Birch

Addenbrooke's respond with statement following launch of investigation into baby blood poisoning cases

Public Health England has announced that a baby has died and 14 others have been infected in an outbreak of blood poisoning in hospitals, two of them in our region.

One of the hospitals involved in the investigation, Addenbrooke's in Cambridge, have responded with a statement:

“Public Health England has been investigating a small number of cases of infections on neonatal units within six UK hospitals, including CUH Addenbrooke’s.

The infections were traced back to a feeding substance which has now been withdrawn.

All the babies concerned are being treated and have responded well. Public Health England believes the outbreak is now controlled but will be following up to make sure there is no further risk.

If parents have any concerns they should speak to their clinician."

– Addenbrooke’s spokesperson

Health chiefs launch investigation following baby blood poisoning cases

Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Public Health England has announced that a baby has died and 14 others have been infected in an outbreak of blood poisoning in hospitals, two of them in our region.

PHE says all the cases are in neonatal intensive care units in six hospitals in London and the south east - including Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge and the Luton and Dunstable Hospital in Bedfordshire.

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