SINGAPORE: TWO PATIENTS INFECTED WITH LISTERIA STRAIN SIMILAR TO AUSTRALIA OUTBREAK
Last Updated: 2018-04-16
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SINGAPORE, April 16 (NNN-BERNAMA) -- Two patients in Singapore have been infected with a listeria strain similar to an outbreak in Australia tied to rockmelons, Channel NewsAsia reported, citing a statement by the Ministry of Health (MOH) on Monday.

One patient recovered while the other died for reasons not due to the listeria infection, the ministry said.

Australia's rockmelon listeria outbreak killed seven people and caused one miscarriage between Jan 17 and Apr 6, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said last week.

The deaths were linked to the consumption of rockmelons contaminated with listeria.

The rockmelons were exported to at least nine countries, including Singapore, the WHO said.

On Monday, MOH said initial epidemiological investigations were conducted on five patients in Singapore who had listeria this year.

These cases did not show a link to the Australian outbreak, MOH added.

"There is no further public health risk from the Australia outbreak as the risks have been mitigated through the recall of the implicated consignments in March 2018. We will continue to monitor the situation closely."

Listeria is a bacteria which causes listeriosis, a form of food poisoning that is treatable with antibiotics if diagnosed early. -- NNN-BERNAMA