NICD: Listeriosis cases rapidly rising in SA, death toll at 172

National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) has warned that the listeriosis outbreak is showing no signs of slowing down in South Africa with 172 confirmed deaths.

Head of the Centre for Enteric Diseases at NICD, Dr Juno Thomas, says a source needs to be identified in order to stop the spread of the disease.

We need to know the food type that is contaminated, that people are eating and stop the production, distribution and issue a recall if possible, to get it out of the market.

Dr Juno Thomas, Head of the Centre for Enteric Diseases at NICD

It is important to note that all provinces are reporting cases and when we do special genetic testing on the bacteria that's causing illness in patients from across the country, it is the exact same strain.

Dr Juno Thomas, Head of the Centre for Enteric Diseases at NICD

This means that people throughout the country are exposed to a particular food type, that is widely available and easily accessible.

Dr Juno Thomas, Head of the Centre for Enteric Diseases at NICD

Listeriosis is caused by a bacterium found in soil, water and vegetation.

Every person that is diagnosed with Listeriosis are interview to find out what kind of food types they've been consuming in order to find the root cause.

To hear the rest of this interview, listen below:


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