'Listeriosis can lead to miscarriage'

Health Minister Dr Aaron Motsolaedi has confirmed that pregnant women who have contracted listeriosis are at risk of having a miscarriage.

Earlier this week the Department of Health issued an outbreak warning, confirming the deaths 36 people.

READ: 3 signs that you could be infected with Listeriosis

The food-borne disease is a serious but rare infection, mainly caused by eating food contaminated with the bacteria Listeria monocytogenes which is found in soil, water and vegetation. It is also usually present in raw milk and other unpasteurised dairy products.

People who are vulnerable are newborn babies, pregnant woman - because when you are pregnant your immunity is not that strong. It is people whose immunity has been compromised, people who are living with Aids, diabetes mellitus, cancer, chronic kidney or liver disease.

Aaron Motsoaledi, health minister

Pregnant woman can get a miscarriage, have a still birth, give birth to a baby who is alive but already infected with listeria.

Aaron Motsoaledi, health minister

Caller, Dr Mac shared how may years ago, a woman who had contracted the disease, miscarried a least three times before being diagnosed.

She went on to antibiotics and is now the mother of two healthy children. There are very particular antibiotics, so you need to be tested for it if you suspect you have it.

Dr Mack, caller

And be aware that listeriosis bacteria can grow in a fridge.

It actually grows at the same temperature as you are preserving your ham and your salads in your fridge. If you have made a nice fresh potato salad and your fridge is contaminated with listeria and you leave it in for four days you can get listeriosis. And that goes for these readymade salads. Homemade cheeses, unpasteurised milk.

Dr Mack, caller

Motsoaledi has shred 5 key steps to food safety and prevention.

  • Keep clean and wash your hands with soap before and after handling food
  • Do not mix raw foods with cooked foods
  • Do not eat half cooked or raw foods
  • Make sure vegetables and fruit are washed thoroughly with clean running water
  • Make sure your milk is pasteurised, if not, boil it.

Click on the link below to find out more about the disease and prevention...


702 welcomes all comments that are constructive, contribute to discussions in a meaningful manner and take stories forward.

However, we will NOT condone the following:

  • Racism (including offensive comments based on ethnicity and nationality)
  • Sexism
  • Homophobia
  • Religious intolerance
  • Cyber bullying
  • Hate speech
  • Derogatory language
  • Comments inciting violence.

We ask that your comments remain relevant to the articles they appear on and do not include general banter or conversation as this dilutes the effectiveness of the comments section.

We strive to make the 702 community a safe and welcoming space for all.

702 reserves the right to: 1) remove any comments that do not follow the above guidelines; and, 2) ban users who repeatedly infringe the rules.

Should you find any comments upsetting or offensive you can also flag them and we will assess it against our guidelines.

702 is constantly reviewing its comments policy in order to create an environment conducive to constructive conversations.

Read More
#ANC54 Three CNN journalists intimidated, threatened with arrest

#ANC54 Three CNN journalists intimidated, threatened with arrest

The group are said to have crossed a barricade separating delegates from journalists, before being ushered to a room.

#ANC54 The bigger the body the harder it is to make decisions - Stephen Grootes

#ANC54 The bigger the body the harder it is to make decisions - Stephen Grootes

Political reporter and talk show host Stephen Grootes reviews some of the proposed changes around the ANC's NEC.

Adam Habib: Where would the money to fund free education come from?

Adam Habib: Where would the money to fund free education come from?

Vice-Chancellor of Wits University Adam Habib says Zuma's promise requires about R40 billion in order to be fulfilled.

[LISTEN] 'I never wanted to be President, I was not ambitious'

[LISTEN] 'I never wanted to be President, I was not ambitious'

Listen to what President Zuma had to say on Friday at the #ANC54 Gala Dinner ahead of the elective conference.

NDZ loses out on 27 votes ahead of ANC elective conference

NDZ loses out on 27 votes ahead of ANC elective conference

Political analyst Karima Brown says the ANC may have to recount votes and delay the announcement of president at the conference.

Listeriosis is a dangerous but treatable disease - Health Minister

Listeriosis is a dangerous but treatable disease - Health Minister

Motsoaledi has confirmed an outbreak of a disease called Listeriosis that killed about 36 people in SA with 557 cases reported.

Popular articles
'ANC may split if Dlamini-Zuma is elected leader'

'ANC may split if Dlamini-Zuma is elected leader'

Political analyst Dr Somadoda Fikeni sat down with Ray White to discuss the future of the ANC.

The Steinhoff Story: from humble beginnings to billions

The Steinhoff Story: from humble beginnings to billions

Financial Mail editor Rob Rose chats to Eusebius McKaiser about how Steinhoff became the retail giant we know, before the fall.

Predictably awesome new Nando's ad reminds South Africans ‘we can fix our sh$t’

Predictably awesome new Nando's ad reminds South Africans ‘we can fix our sh$t’

Watch the Guptas pack their bags and run in Nando's inspiring new advertisement.

PSG Chair Jannie Mouton opens up (kind of) about Steinhoff

PSG Chair Jannie Mouton opens up (kind of) about Steinhoff

In 2012 Steinhoff acquired 20% of wealth manager PSG, reportedly infuriating Mouton. Bruce Whitfield interviews him.

German prosecutors probing Steinhoff CEO Markus Jooste (for accounting fraud)

German prosecutors probing Steinhoff CEO Markus Jooste (for accounting fraud)

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews Steinhoff International Chairperson Christo Wiese.

So what exactly is radical economic transformation?

So what exactly is radical economic transformation?

Wits associate professor of economics Christopher Malikane speaks to Azania Mosaka about the term that is being bandied about.

3 easy questions could bag you R2000!

3 easy questions could bag you R2000!

WIN R2000! But only if you can prove you're a whiz of the MTN Biz Quiz by answering the following three questions...