Two mothers have died from an identical infection after giving birth at the same hospital on the same day. An expert said it was "extremely unlikely" that their deaths were not linked.
Amy Kimmance, 39, and Jasmine Pickett, 29, had their babies at the Royal Hampshire County Hospital in Winchester on December 21.
Within 72 hours they had both died from complications linked to streptococcus A infection - known as Strep A - which normally causes sore throats.
Winchester and Eastleigh Healthcare NHS Trust insisted investigations so far showed their deaths were coincidental.
....The deaths raised fresh concern over hygiene and infection control practices in Health Service hospitals.