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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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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.

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