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Number of baby blood poisoning cases rises to 21

Three more cases of blood poisoning linked to a batch of intravenous liquid given to babies have been identified. Public Health England said yesterday that a batch was "strongly linked" to the death of one baby and the illness of 20 others.

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Drugs firm 'saddened' by baby's hospital death

ITH Pharma is "very saddened" by a baby's death at St Thomas' Hospital in London that officials have "strongly linked" to one of its products and the firm is co-operating fully with the investigation, managing director Karen Hamling said.

Parenteral nutrition, manufactured by ITH, is supposed to deliver a variety of nutrients intravenously when a baby is unable to eat on its own.

A Public Health England spokeswoman said investigations with the company have identified "an incident that might have caused the contamination".

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