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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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Health body 'confident' contamination source identified

One baby has died and fourteen others have developed septicaemia from what is thought to be a batch of contaminated drips.

Dr Paul Cosford, medical director of Public Health England, said he was confident the source of contamination had been identified.

"The good news is that the shelf life of this product is already passed," he added.

Meanwhile the 14 surviving babies are said to be responding well to treatment and are unlikely to suffer long-term consequences.

Video report by ITV News Health Editor Catherine Jones:

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