Bacteria outbreak kills 36 in South Africa

Bacteria outbreak kills 36 in South Africa

Bacteria outbreak kills 36 in South Africa

Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi has confirmed a countrywide outbreak of foodborne Listeria.

However, Motsoaledi stressed that while the disease is serious and risky, it is treatable with antibiotics and urged that anyone who is showing symptoms should get medical help immediately.

Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi said there are over 500 confirmed laboratory cases.

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"The bacteria is widely distributed in nature and can be found in soil, water and vegetation", he told a media briefing in Pretoria.

This includes using only pasteurised dairy products; thoroughly cooking raw foods from animal sources such as beef, poultry or pork; washing hands before preparing food, before eating and after using the toilet; and washing raw vegetables and fruits thoroughly before eating.

Contamination in humans can result in flu-like illness, infection of the bloodstream and, in severe cases, infection of the brain which can prove fatal, he added.

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Symtoms from the food-borne disease include diarrhoea, fever, general body pains, vomiting and weakness. Motsoaledi said of those 70 cases, 36 patients have since died.

The national institute of communicable diseases (NICD) was notified of the outbreak by doctors at two Gauteng hospitals who had noticed an unusually high number of babies with Listeriosis. "Environmental health officers are following up diagnosed cases and are visiting their homes to sample food where available", said Motsoaledi.

The Western Cape had reported 71 cases, followed by KwaZulu-Natal with 37 cases.

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Members of the public are advised to call the NICD Emergency Operations Centre during working hours on 011 386 2000.

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