NICD: SA recorded 647 cases of listeriosis in 2017

Dr Juno Thomas, the head of the Centre for Enteric Diseases, says most patients were young babies and people between the ages of 15 and 49.

A microscopic view of the listeria bacteria. Picture: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

CAPE TOWN - The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) says 647 cases of listeriosis have been recorded in 2017.

The institute says 60 patients have died from the disease.

Dr Juno Thomas, the head of the Centre for Enteric Diseases, says 60% of reported cases were in Gauteng, 13% in the Western Cape and 7% in KwaZulu-Natal.

Thomas says most patients were young babies and people between the ages of 15 and 49.

“We are seeing cases from both the public and the private sector. The majority of the cases are young babies under the age of one.”

It is not clear how the foodborne disease is being spread.

Symptoms are similar to flu with diarrhoea, fever, nausea, body pains and weakness.

Patients are being encouraged to visit clinics or doctors if they experience any symptoms.

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)