South Africa records largest Listeria outbreak ever, more than 60 dead

12 January 2018

What’s believed to be the largest outbreak ever of the deadly bacterial disease Listeriosis — or Listeria — has left more than 60 people dead across South Africa, with nearly 750 confirmed cases.

That’s according to the World Health Organization (WHO) on Friday, which praised the response of the South African Government so far.

WHO Country Representative, Dr. Rufaro Chatora, commended the “openness” of the Government, which has shared detailed information on the outbreak in accordance with International Health Regulations.

The disease can be found in various foods such as dairy products, meat, and seafood and has a long incubation time, making it hard to identify the exact source of the outbreak.

Bronwen Cowley spoke to WHO Spokesperson in Geneva, Christian Lindmeier.

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