[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

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