Listeriosis horror: How much-loved snack nearly killed dad

24 April 2018 - 06:14
Medical technologist Bolele Disenyeng, seen in a lab at The National Institute for Communicable Diseases in Johannesburg.
Medical technologist Bolele Disenyeng, seen in a lab at The National Institute for Communicable Diseases in Johannesburg.
Image: ALON SKUY

The number of confirmed listeriosis cases continues to rise, but at about half the rate than before the health department’s bombshell March 4 announcement that Tiger Brands’ Enterprise plant in Polokwane was the source of the outbreak.

The National Institute of Communicable Diseases’ (NICD) latest report on South Africa’s devastating listeriosis outbreak – the world’s worst on record – reveals that confirmed cases since last January now number 1,019, with 199 deaths.

One of the confirmed cases is that of 61-year-old Kogilan Naicker of Merebank, south of Durban, who spent three months in hospital before being transferred to a rehabilitation facility after contracting meningitis and listeriosis. 

There were only eight new cases since the previous weekly report – one of them dating back to last October – compared with at least 30 at the height of the outbreak, the NICD pointed out.

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