Two S’pore­ans had sim­i­lar lis­te­ria strain as Aussie out­break

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Two peo­ple in Sin­ga­pore were in­fected by a lis­te­ria strain sim­i­lar to the one found in a pa­tient in Aus­tralia in a deadly out­break of lis­te­rio­sis ear­lier this year.

The Min­istry of Health said yes­ter­day that one of the two pa­tients has re­cov­ered and the other died “for rea­sons not due to the lis­te­ria in­fec­tion”.

The min­istry has com­pleted ge­netic se­quence anal­y­sis on the lis­te­ria bac­te­ria strains from five pa­tients this year. Two pa­tients were in­fected with the lis­te­ria strain ST240.

Rock mel­ons con­tam­i­nated with lis­te­ria bac­te­ria from Aus­tralia have re­sulted in seven deaths and one mis­car­riage from Jan­uary to April 6, said a re­port by the World Health Or­gan­i­sa­tion.

The rock mel­ons had been ex­ported to nine coun­tries, with at least two ship­ments bound for Sin­ga­pore.

These were sold in Sheng Siong out­lets and wet mar­kets from Feb 12 to March 2 but were re­called by the Agri-Food and Vet­eri­nary Au­thor­ity of Sin­ga­pore.

A Health Min­istry spokesman said: “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.”

– AQIL HAMZAH

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