Listeriosis hits the Cape

An expert from the National Institute for Communicable Diseases talked about the Listeriosis outbreak in Gauteng which, at that stage, had claimed 36 lives.

Head of the division of medical microbiology at Stellenbosch University Professor Andrew Whitelaw says that it’s very difficult to determine what the source of the contamination is.

It’s a contamination of some commercial food source that has distributed itself in the country.

Professor Andrew Whitelaw, head of the division of medical microbiology at Stellenbosch University

Professor Whitelaw says that the time lapse between being exposed and developing symptoms is very trying.

The Department of Health is trying to sample food products from the sick people’s houses.

Professor Andrew Whitelaw, head of the division of medical microbiology at Stellenbosch University

Cases of Listeriosis are currently being monitored in the province. The condition has similar symptoms to cases of diarrhea which makes it harder to identify.

Between January and November 29 this year, there have been 557 reported cases.

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This article first appeared on 702 : Listeriosis hits the Cape


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