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Media statement by the Minister of Health - Listeriosis outbreak in South Africa

By Food Focus on 08 January 2018

Media statement by the Minister of Health Dr Aaron Motsoaledi regarding the update on the Listeriosis outbreak in South Africa - now at 727 confirmed cases

Listeriosis flare-up now seen as worst documented outbreak in global history

By Wendy Knowler on 07 January 2018

With the total number of confirmed cases of listeriosis in South Africa up to 717, food scientists are now calling it the worst documented listeriosis outbreak in global history.

Situation Report on Listeriosis Outbreak, South Africa (3 Jan)

By Food Focus on 04 January 2018

As of 03 January 2018, a total of 717 laboratory-confirmed listeriosis cases have been reported since 01 January 2017. At present, the source of the outbreak is not known, so it is uncertain which food/s may be implicated. Cases of listeriosis will continue to be investigated.

Source of listeriosis outbreak not confirmed (NICD)

By Food Focus on 02 January 2018

The listeriosis outbreak in South Africa is ongoing. At present, the source of the outbreak is not known, so it is uncertain which food/s may be implicated. Cases of listeriosis will continue to be investigated, with trace back and further investigation of any positive food/envir

Press Release DOH: Origin of contaminated listeria food samples identified

By Food Focus on 30 December 2017

Gauteng Health calls on the public and private sector to cooperate with Environmental Health Officers in contact tracing following affirmative food samples from a positive Listeriosis patient. “The origin of the contaminated food samples has been traced to a shop located in Pret

Health department takes action on positive listeria results

By Linda Jackson on 30 December 2017

Nearly a month after Aaron Motsoaledi, the South African Minister of Health, formally announced to the country that we were in the throes of a listeriosis outbreak, we have finally has a further announcement from the department of health.

Situation Report on Listeriosis Outbreak, South Africa (27 Dec)

By Food Focus on 28 December 2017

As of 27 December 2017, a total of 685 laboratory-confirmed listeriosis cases have been reported to NICD since 01 January 2017. 61% of cases were reported from Gauteng Province, 13% from the Western Cape, and 7% from KwaZulu-Natal.

Situation Report on Listeriosis Outbreak, South Africa (21 Dec)

By Food Focus on 22 December 2017

As of 21 December 2017, a total of 658 laboratory-confirmed listeriosis cases have been reported to NICD since 01 January 2017

Situation Report on Listeriosis Outbreak, South Africa (19 Dec)

By Food Focus on 19 December 2017

As of 19 Dec 2017, a total of 647 laboratory-confirmed listeriosis cases have been reported to NICD since 01 Jan 2017. Listeriosis is now a category 1 notifiable medical condition, and as such requires immediate reporting by the most rapid means available upon diagnosis

NICD information on Listeriosis Outbreak South Africa 2017

By Food Focus on 12 December 2017

The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) is supporting and investigating the Listeria Outbreak in South Africa for the South African Government. Here is their news on the outbreak.

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