Listeriosis death toll rises to 107
Cii Radio| Ayesha Ismail| 06 February 2018| 19 Jumadul Ula 1439
The National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD) announced that a total of 852 laboratory-confirmed listeriosis cases have been reported to them since the outbreak.
The NICD also says the bacteria has claimed 107 lives.
The institute says 59 % of the cases have been reported from Gauteng, followed by Western Cape with 13% and KwaZulu-Natal at 7%.
The institute says babies under a month-old account for 42% of these cases.
The food-borne disease is the worst documented outbreak in South Africa’s history.
The Institute’s Juno Thomas said: “Of the 355 cases that we have been able to verify whether the patients survived the illness or died as a result of it. We know that 107 patients have died.”