HEALTH UPDATE: LISTERIOSIS OUTBREAK- What YOU need to know
Outbreak: The Health Department has announced that ready-to-eat processed meats are the source of the listeriosis outbreak in South Africa. According to the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD), listeriosis disease has claimed 180 lives to date and 78 of those deaths were infants. This fatality included newborns who were only 28 days or even younger, said IOL news website. The Health department has further advised South Africans to avoid polony, Viennas, Russians and other ready to eat meat products for now as they are believed to be the source of the latest listeriosis outbreak.