How to safeguard against listeriosis

929 days ago

Sixty-seven people have died in South Africa from an outbreak of the food-borne disease listeriosis, according to the National Institute for Communicable Diseases.

There are believed to be 748 cases of listeriosis nationwide, most of which are in Gauteng.

READ: 3 signs that you could be infected with Listeriosis

With the academic year kicking off on Wednesday, Bongani Bingwa spoke to Dr Fundile Nyathi to find out what it is you should be looking out for.

Nyathi says there is a challenge in determining the source of the outbreak.

Most people get a mild infection but in this situation now the germ seems to be behaving abnormally and we cannot corner it and say it is coming from this production centre and that is the challenge that the country is having.

Dr. Fundile Nyathi, family physician

Here are some precaustions you should be taking.

Processed foods, like animal products, cold meats, dairy products, salads. Those are the likely sources of contamination so when parents make lunch boxes for their kids, it is very important where they buy food, the hygienic processes are high in those areas.

Dr. Fundile Nyathi, family physician

At home when you handling those foods, ensure washing of hands, making sure the food is refrigerated.

Dr. Fundile Nyathi, family physician

These are some of the symptoms:

  • High temperature

  • nausea and vomiting

  • painful muscles

Click here find out what precautions you should take to avoid contracting the disease...

This article first appeared on 702 : How to safeguard against listeriosis



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