PRETORIA DECLARES LISTERIOSIS OUTBREAK OVER

PRETORIA– The South African Department of Health has declared the outbreak of Listeriosis in the country over, nearly six months after polony and other ready-to-eat processed meats were declared not safe for consumption.

A team of World Health Organisation (WHO), international and local experts [have] agreed that because no cases of listeriosis due to the outbreak strain have been identified since the first week of June 2018 and that over the last two months the incidence rate of laboratory-confirmed listeriosis cases has dropped to pre-outbreak levels, the outbreak of listeriosis is over, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi declared here Monday.

However, Motsoaledi warned the public that listeria is still a reality. Today’s announcement means that ready-to-eat processed meat can now be safely consumed as before the outbreak but this does not mean that people will no longer suffer from listeriosis; remember, listeriosis has occurred in South Africa for the past 40 years.’

He added that the National Institute for Communicable Disease (NICD) had shown us that there are between 60 and 80 cases of listeriosis every year in South Africa for the past five years.

On March 4 this year, the Minister convened an urgent media briefing to announce the recalling of all ready-to-eat processed meat products produced by two local companies where listeria was identified.

Following the recall, an emergency response plan was drafted by the Health Department and the NCID, supported by the World Health Organisation. The last six months saw the collaborative plan being rolled out to control and end the outbreak which left 164 people dead.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

PRETORIA DECLARES LISTERIOSIS OUTBREAK OVER

PRETORIA– The South African Department of Health has declared the outbreak of Listeriosis in the country over, nearly six months after polony and other ready-to-eat processed meats were declared not safe for consumption.

A team of World Health Organisation (WHO), international and local experts [have] agreed that because no cases of listeriosis due to the outbreak strain have been identified since the first week of June 2018 and that over the last two months the incidence rate of laboratory-confirmed listeriosis cases has dropped to pre-outbreak levels, the outbreak of listeriosis is over, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi declared here Monday.

However, Motsoaledi warned the public that listeria is still a reality. Today’s announcement means that ready-to-eat processed meat can now be safely consumed as before the outbreak but this does not mean that people will no longer suffer from listeriosis; remember, listeriosis has occurred in South Africa for the past 40 years.’

He added that the National Institute for Communicable Disease (NICD) had shown us that there are between 60 and 80 cases of listeriosis every year in South Africa for the past five years.

On March 4 this year, the Minister convened an urgent media briefing to announce the recalling of all ready-to-eat processed meat products produced by two local companies where listeria was identified.

Following the recall, an emergency response plan was drafted by the Health Department and the NCID, supported by the World Health Organisation. The last six months saw the collaborative plan being rolled out to control and end the outbreak which left 164 people dead.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK