Children's hospital patients exposed to Listeria through infected ham
Unwell children and their families have been exposed to the potentially dangerous Listeria bacteria in a Queensland hospital following an outbreak detected in food served by the facility.
Queensland Health has confirmed patients and their families at the Children’s Hospital may have been exposed to Listeria through infected sandwiches and salads, served between May 10 and 20.
A statement released by authorities has said that all patients and families believed to have come into contact with the foods have been contacted.
At this stage, no reports of Listeria-related illnesses have been reported to health authorities.
Despite that, symptoms including vomiting, diarrhea and fevers could take weeks to show in people exposed to the bacteria.
The incident has also drawn intense criticism from the Queensland Opposition, who claim the exposure should never have happened.
“Queenslanders go to hospital to get better, not to get sicker. I feel for patietns and visitors that went to this hospital during this time of infection.”
Current health advice issued by authorities has urged anyone who believes they or someone they know have been exposed to the bacteria to seek medical advice immediately.
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