[LISTEN] 'We are dealing with an outbreak of Listeriosis' - Dr Thomas

Listeriosis has been dubbed as a ‘superbug’ that’s contracted by eating contaminated food.

Head of the Centre for Enteric Diseases at the NICD Dr Juno Thomas talked us through the superbug by saying that it’s caused by bacteria that’s commonly found in the environment (water, soil and vegetation).

People only become sick with it if they eat food that’s become contaminated.

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

We’re dealing with an outbreak says Dr Thomas. She adds that they are seeing the impact from different socio economic groups from across the country.

We do believe it’s a contaminated food item or food source that’s widely distributed.

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

Dr Thomas says that one of the main problems is the fact that the bacteria isn’t notifiable. When the alarm was raised by doctors, they had no idea what the number of cases had been she adds.

Doing an investigation into identifying the source of the outbreak in these types of settings is very difficult because it relies on us getting very good histories of what patients have eaten in the last month before getting sick.

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

Click on the audio below to hear preventative measures...


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI
Read More
The Polo GTI has got that vrrrpha mentality written all over it - Jacob Moshokoa

The Polo GTI has got that vrrrpha mentality written all over it - Jacob Moshokoa

Automotive Journalist, Jacob Moshokoa shares his views of the Polo GTI 2018, and chats about the vrrrpha mentality among young men

I've finally decided to start my 1st solo project - Zolani Mahola, Freshlyground

I've finally decided to start my 1st solo project - Zolani Mahola, Freshlyground

On the #WeekendBreakfast with Africa Melane, Zolani Mahola of Freshlyground tells us all about her first solo project.

'I enjoyed 'The House with a Clock in its Walls' movie but the ending is crazy'

'I enjoyed 'The House with a Clock in its Walls' movie but the ending is crazy'

Film critic Gayle Edmunds shares her views of the gothic horror inspired movie, 'The House with a Clock in its Walls'.

Overtaking in the VW Touareg is like a dream - Jacob Moshokoa, auto journalist

Overtaking in the VW Touareg is like a dream - Jacob Moshokoa, auto journalist

Auto journalist, Jacob Moshokoa says that the VW Touareg is going to rival the likes of the Mercedes-Benz ML, and the BMW X5.

'Listeriosis can lead to miscarriage'

'Listeriosis can lead to miscarriage'

Koketso Sachane spoke to Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi to find out more about the foodborne disease.

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
News24 exposes how big SA corporates are funding fake news

News24 exposes how big SA corporates are funding fake news

A News24 investigation has exposed how some of South Africa's biggest companies have been advertising on fake news websites.

Zille open to renaming Robben Island swim after 'nation-builder' Theo Yach

Zille open to renaming Robben Island swim after 'nation-builder' Theo Yach

Premier Helen Zille describes Yach as one of the most generous, warm, open-hearted and community-driven people she's ever known.

[Watch] SA choir stuns with isiZulu cover of Ed Sheeran’s ‘Shape of You’

[Watch] SA choir stuns with isiZulu cover of Ed Sheeran’s ‘Shape of You’

Khabazela shares some of the most popular tweets, posts, and videos on 'What's gone Viral'.

[WATCH] Man exposes people selling stolen goods on Facebook

[WATCH] Man exposes people selling stolen goods on Facebook

Anton Fourie says he used his phone to record the interaction to create awareness of what is going on in the community.

Pieter du Toit on VBS, Malema's EFF and contradicting ethics

Pieter du Toit on VBS, Malema's EFF and contradicting ethics

Malema has accused the rogue unit of still being operational and Pravin Gordhan of working in the background against the EFF.

Funny Cape fashionista Nadia Jaftha making waves with her mom

Funny Cape fashionista Nadia Jaftha making waves with her mom

Fashion blogger Nadia Jaftha takes fans through her serious love of style, as well as her silly moments with sidekick mom, Nawal.