36 dead following listeria outbreak in South Africa
FOX: By the end of last month, 557 cases had been confirmed, compared with about 80 cases annually in past years. (iStock)
According to Health Minister Dr. Aaron Motsoaledi, 36 individuals have died following a listeria outbreak. Listeriosis is a foodborne illness that has affected 557 people across South African provinces thus far. Specifically, Listeriosis is caused by a bacterium that is found in the soil, water, or in vegetation that is then contracted by humans. The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NCID) is working with South African provinces to control this deadly outbreak. To read more about the outbreak, click here.