SOUTH AFRICA’S FREE STATE PROVINCE ACTS TO PREVENT SPREAD OF LISTERIOSIS OUTBREAK

BLOEMFONTEIN, SOUTH AFRICA– The government of South Africa’s Free State Province has activated an Outbreak Response Team as part of efforts to contain the spread of an outbreak of listeriosis, a bacterial infection which affects the central nervous system.

To date, 29 cases of listeriosis have been reported in the province with four fatalities, says the Member of the Executive Council (MEC) for health of the province, Butana Komphela.

He added here Wednesday that was confident that the action taken by the authorities so far would yield positive results.

I’m sure when we go up there in June you’ll see that at least every other child knows about listeriosis like HIV/AIDS,” he said.

“I think now we must do campaigns, it must be a culture talking about listeriosis that you wash your fruits, vegetables and you wash your hands as many times as you can. If you find that there’s something you are not sure about quickly go to the health facility.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK