Press release

Bacillus cereus infections: 13 June 2014

PHE confirms total number of cases being treated is 22.

Newborn

Public Health England (PHE) can report the total number of cases linked to its investigation of blood poisoning (septicaemia) in England stands at 22 (18 confirmed and 4 possible cases). All cases received the potentially affected intravenous liquid (total parental nutrition, TPN).

Another baby has sadly died but this does not appear to be related to the Bacillus cereus infection. One other death has previously been reported under this investigation.

Professor Mike Catchpole, PHE Incident Director, said:

Investigations to date have suggested the source of the Bacillus cereus infection that has affected outbreak cases was the contamination of intravenous liquid products during a single day of production, which are no longer in circulation. PHE is continuing to work with the MHRA on this investigation and to ensure all possible lessons from this serious incident are identified.

Gerald Heddell, the MHRA’s Director of Inspection, Enforcement and Standards, said:

Based on the information we currently have, we believe this is an isolated incident and the appropriate immediate action has been taken at ITH Pharma’s facility to avoid a reoccurrence. Therefore we are allowing this critical product to be supplied to patients while our investigation proceeds.

Further inspections are being made as part of our ongoing investigation and it’s our priority to find out how this incident happened. We are regularly updating and working closely with the NHS, Public Health England, the Department of Health and other health organisations in our detailed investigation.

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Notes to editors

  • There have been no new infections since 2 June. As we continue to work with clinicians to review information on children in hospital, the number of cases linked to this cluster may fluctuate, as previously unrecognised cases may come to light or investigations may enable us to exclude cases previously thought to be part of the outbreak.
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Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust – this possible case had signs of the infection while at Chelsea and Westminster but is now being cared for at Southend University Hospital 4 confirmed 4 confirmed, 1 possible
Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust 3 confirmed 3 confirmed
The Whittington Hospital 1 confirmed, 1 possible 1 confirmed
Brighton & Sussex University Hospital NHS Trust 3 confirmed 3 confirmed
CUH Addenbrookes 2 confirmed 2 confirmed, 1 possible
Luton and Dunstable University Hospital 2 confirmed 2 confirmed
Peterborough City Hospital 1 confirmed 1 confirmed
Southend University Hospital – this possible case had signs of the infection while at Chelsea and Westminster but is now being cared for at Southend University Hospital 1 confirmed, 1 possible 1 probable
Stoke Mandeville Hospital 1 confirmed 1 probable
Basildon University Hospital 1 possible 1 possible
Harley Street Clinic 1 possible  
Totals: 22 21
Confirmed 18 16
Probable 0 2
Possible 4 3

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Published 13 June 2014