A multi-agency investigation is being carried out into cases of listeria infection in six seriously ill hospital patients in England, three of whom have sadly died.
Food Standards Scotland and Health Protection Scotland are part of the multi-agency investigation involving the Food Standards Agency and Public Health England to investigate the source of the listeria infections. Currently there are no cases in Scotland, and it’s important to note that the Good Food Chain products linked to the cases in England have been withdrawn.
- Link to the FSA and PHE press release
- Listeria infection in healthy people is usually either unnoticed or may cause a very mild illness. However, it can have more serious consequences for some people, particularly those with pre-existing conditions
- Severe listeriosis is more likely to affect the elderly, very young babies, pregnant women and those with a weakened immune system. People in these groups should seek immediate medical attention if they experience symptoms of infection. For advice on avoiding listeriosis during pregnancy, please visit the NHS website