NICD situation update on listeriosis outbreak, South Africa 14 Feb

Listeriosis Update: 6 February 2018. 
Issued by: Centre for Enteric Diseases and Division of Public Health Surveillance and Response

 

As of 14 February 2018, 872 laboratory-confirmed listeriosis cases have been reported to NICD from all provinces since 01 January 2017.

 

Most cases have been reported from:

Gauteng Province (59%, 517/872) followed by

Western Cape (13%, 111/872) and

KwaZulu-Natal (7%, 62/872) provinces.

 

Cases have been diagnosed in both public (64%, 559/872) and private (34%, 205/872) healthcare sectors.

 

Diagnosis was based most commonly on the isolation of Listeria monocytogenes in blood culture (73%, 640/869), followed by CSF (22%, 183/869). Where age was reported (n=849), ages range from birth to 92 years (median 23 years) and 43% (352/829) are neonates aged ≤28 days. Of neonatal cases, 97% (342/346) had early-onset disease (birth to ≤6 days). Females account for 53% (466/868) of cases where gender is reported.

 

Outcome is known for 597/872 (68%) patients of whom 164 (27%) have died

 

Download Listeria Sitrep 14 Feb 2018.pdf

 

Source: The National Institute for Communicable Diseases