Johannesburg - Two more people have died from listeriosis in South Africa, raising the death toll to 193, according to the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD).
In its weekly update of the outbreak, the institute revealed that since January 1 last year, 81 of those who died were babies younger than 28 days, and 10 were children aged between 1 month and 14 years.
It noted that since the recall on March 4 of ready-to-eat processed meat products manufactured at Enterprise Foods’s Polokwane facility, 43 laboratory-confirmed cases had been reported.
This facility has been identified as the source of the outbreak.
“There have been 24 new laboratory-confirmed cases in the 28 days age group and three new laboratory-confirmed cases in the 1-month to 14 years age group.”