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South Africa records thirty-six deaths in food related disease outbreak

South Africa records thirty-six deaths in food related disease outbreak

Health Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi announced on Tuesday morning that while Listeriosis is a serious disease, it can be treated with antibiotics.

"We believe for this outbreak, the most likely possible source is either contamination of food at the origin of farms or from food processing plants".

Extra precautions such as regular hand- washing when dealing with food, cooking food thoroughly, using pasteurised milk products and keeping food at safe temperatures could assist in preventing its spread.

People with compromised immune systems, like some of those living with AIDS and pregnant women, are also at a heightened risk, according to the World Health Organization.

By the end of last month, 557 cases had been confirmed, compared with about 80 cases annually in past years, the department said.

The minister said those who contract the disease will have flu-like symptoms including diarrhoea, fever, general body pains and weakness.

"This number is extremely high".

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"Given that only 17 percent of South Africans use private health facilities, this proportion of cases from the private health facilities is too high".

Environmental health officers are following up diagnosed cases and are visiting patients' homes to sample food where available, Motsoaledi said.

"Of these 70 cases, 36 persons have perished", said Motsoaledi.

Dr Rufaro Chatora, country representative of the World Health Organisation, said the the global body is "satisfied" that since the outbreak was detected, South Africa has been following set procedures as set in the worldwide health regulations.

"This has to be the biggest outbreak ever", said Thomas.

Listeriosis is a foodborne illness associated with a wide variety of foods, including dairy, meat, vegetables, fruit, and ready-to-eat products.


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