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SA’s listeria outbreak: all the updates

The listeriosis outbreak in South Africa is ongoing. As of December 29, 2017, a total of 704 laboratory-confirmed listeriosis cases from all provinces across the country were reported to NICD since January 1, 2017, with 61 deaths reported so far. The great compliance website for the food-beverage industries, FoodFocus, has it’s finger on the outbreak and the bug itself. See links to the latest news here….

Situation Report on Listeriosis Outbreak, South Africa (3 Jan)

04 January 2018

As of 03 January 2018, a total of 717 laboratory-confirmed listeriosis cases have been reported since 01 January 2017. At present, the source of the outbreak is not known, so it is uncertain which food/s may be implicated. Cases of listeriosis will continue to be investigated. Read more

Source of listeriosis outbreak not confirmed (NICD)

02 January 2018

The listeriosis outbreak in South Africa is ongoing. At present, the source of the outbreak is not known, so it is uncertain which food/s may be implicated. Cases of listeriosis will continue to be investigated, with trace back and further investigation of any positive food/enviromental… Read more

Health department takes action on positive listeria results

30 December 2017

Nearly a month after Aaron Motsoaledi, the South African Minister of Health, formally announced to the country that we were in the throes of a listeriosis outbreak, we have finally has a further announcement from the department of health. Read more

Press Release DOH: Origin of contaminated listeria food samples identified

30 December 2017

Gauteng Health calls on the public and private sector to cooperate with Environmental Health Officers in contact tracing following affirmative food samples from a positive Listeriosis patient. “The origin of the contaminated food samples has been traced to a shop located in Pretoria…  Read more

Situation Report on Listeriosis Outbreak, South Africa

28 December 2017

As of 27 December 2017, a total of 685 laboratory-confirmed listeriosis cases have been reported to NICD since 01 January 2017. 61% of cases were reported from Gauteng Province, 13% from the Western Cape, and 7% from KwaZulu-Natal.  Read more

Situation Report on Listeriosis Outbreak, South Africa

22 December 2017

As of 21 December 2017, a total of 658 laboratory-confirmed listeriosis cases have been reported to NICD since 01 January 2017. Read more

Situation Report on Listeriosis Outbreak, South Africa

19 December 2017

As of 19 Dec 2017, a total of 647 laboratory-confirmed listeriosis cases have been reported to NICD since 01 Jan 2017. Listeriosis is now a category 1 notifiable medical condition, and as such requires immediate reporting by the most rapid means available upon diagnosis. Read more

Listeriosis kills 5 in drought-stricken Western Cape

18 December 2017

Listeria has claimed five lives in the Western Cape, which is in the grips of a relentless drought, making the fight against the foodborne disease ever more challenging.  Read more

Webinar Listeria and the Law

08 December 2017

If you missed our webinar with Legal Eagle, Janusz Luterek, discussing the legal ramifications of listeria, you can watch the replay here.  Read more


Listeria and the law – what you need to know

08 December 2017

The media channels have been flooded with the disturbing news of the Listeria outbreak. We took the opportunity to chat to Janusz Luterek, Attorney-at-law about the legal implications of this outbreak. Read more


City of JHB outbreak response teams to help battle listeriosis

07 December 2017

Johannesburg – The City of Johannesburg says it has activated outbreak response teams across the city to “help educate the public” on preventing the spread of listeriosis, a disease that has thus far claimed over 30 lives. Read more


Listeria Factsheet

05 December 2017

The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) is reporting a very large outbreak of Listeriosis in South Africa. Here are some facts that you should know. Read more


Listeria Outbreak South Africa Dec 2017

05 December 2017

There is currently a very large outbreak of listeriosis in South Africa. According to the National Institute of Communicable Disease (NICD), over 550 cases reported since the start of 2017. (Dec 2017) Read more


Spike in Listeria infections in South Africa – why it matters

07 November 2017

The National Institute for Communicable Diseases has received reports of a marked increase in the number of cases in South Africa in the last few months, mostly in Gauteng. The stats are now sitting at 190 confirmed cases across the country this year. Read more


Listeria hysteria

15 May 2017

There was a great response to our recent article on Listeria. Needless to say it has been a very topical issue in the last two months. We have done a lot of research on how to eradicate the problem and have come across some great resources to share with you. Read more


Listeria, what should I know?

03 April 2017

Over 80 years ago, L. monocytogenes was recognized as an animal pathogen that was widespread in nature, in soil, decaying vegetation and the bowels of many mammals. But in 1983 the first human outbreak was reported in Canada, proving that indirect transmission from animals to humans. Read more

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