Listeriosis kills 36 in Gauteng, South Africa.

Since the outbreak erupted, almost 600 cases were already reported.

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Pregnant women, elderly, children and infants are the most vulnerable to the disease which can be traced in soil, water and vegetation. It eventually contaminates food sources such as animal products and fresh produce causing massive outbreaks.

A report made by News 24 Africa, Minster of Health Dr. Aaron Motsoaledi urged the public to report to the nearest health facilities once symptoms manifest.

The minister said those who contract the disease will have flu-like symptoms including diarrhoea, fever, general body pains and weakness. He said the disease can cause meningitis, which is an infection of the brain and septicemia which is an infection of the blood stream, both can be fatal. However, Motsoaledi stressed that while the disease is serious and dangerous, it is treatable with antibiotics and urged that anyone who is showing symptoms should get medical help immediately. “If you encounter the symptoms I’ve mentioned please rush to look for medical help, in other words don’t just assume and sit at home especially if you get flu like symptoms now in summer.”- Health Minster Dr. Aaron Motsoaledi

The number of deaths are expected to increase once the reports have been finalized.

The primary source  of the outbreak it still being identified according to sources.

“All the stakeholders are cooperating with the investigation led by the NICD. Environmental health officers are following up diagnosed cases and are visiting their homes to sample food where available,” added Motsoaledi.

“Motsoaledi also said it’s believed that this particular outbreak is from a food source that is being consumed by both the rich and the poor, and the contamination points may well be farms and food processing plants”, reported News 24 Africa.

Posted by Clarisse Javier