More than 16 months after this listeriosis outbreak began, the disease is still claiming lives across South Africa.
Although the amount of deaths per week is on the decline, listeriosis remains a highly dangerous threat. On 4 March, the source of the outbreak was traced back to Enterprise Foods’ Polokwane facility.
Full product recalls were issued for all ready-to-eat foods produced by both Enterprise Foods and Rainbow Chicken.
How many people has Listeriosis killed?
The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) released a report over the weekend which now places the death toll at 193 – that’s four more fatalities in the last week.
The disease particularly affects elderly citizens and neo-natal infants – babies aged 28 days or less. A staggering 81 deaths attributed to this outbreak have been of newborns.