Three more cases of blood poisoning linked to a batch of intravenous liquid given to babies have been identified by health officials.
Public Health England (PHE) said yesterday that a batch of a food supplement was "strongly linked" to the death of one baby and the illness of 14 others.
PHE officials have now identified three further cases of septicaemia in babies being treated in neonatal units in hospitals in England - bringing the total number of cases to 18.
One case was confirmed at Peterborough City Hospital in Cambridgeshire and two probable cases have been identified at Southend University Hospital and Basildon University Hospital, both in Essex, she said.
Questions have been raised over how a batch of intravenous fluid could potentially have become contaminated, after the death of one baby.
The suspected contaminated batch of a food supplement linked to the blood poisoning of 17 babies, was sent to 22 hospitals.