Three people have died in an ongoing Listeria outbreak linked to fish in the United Kingdom.
The UK Health Security Agency, Food Standards Agency (FSA), Public Health Scotland and Food Standards Scotland (FSS) are investigating the Listeria monocytogenes outbreak that was first made public in April.
Twelve patients across the UK have been identified, including three in Scotland, with onset dates of illness between October 2020 to March 2022.
Ten sick people are over the age of 65, and one is a pregnant woman. Three of those affected who are older than 65 have died.
Six people have fallen ill since January 2022. The majority of patients reported eating smoked fish.
The FSA and FSS are doing food chain and microbiological investigations including whole genome sequencing (WGS) but the cause is yet to be confirmed.