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Web Alert: Listeriosis outbreak Rep. S.A.

12 March 2018

A Listeriosis outbreak has been reported in the Rep. South Africa. The outbreak is a unique strain of Listeriosis, with a large number of cases reported since the start of 2017. Samples of meat at local food manufacturers ‘Enterprise Foods’ was tested by inspectors from the ‘Department of Health and Agriculture’ and the World Health Organisation (WHO) and tested positive for strain ST6, which is a strain which has caused 91% of the Listeriosis cases recorded in this recent outbreak.

It has been recommended that crews check whether ‘Enterprise Russians/Vienna, Rainbow chicken polony and Enterprise polony have been supplied locally. The NICD recommends that diluted bleach is used to clean areas where viennas and polony may have been kept. Local ship chandlers should be able to provide clear laboratory tests for other cold meats etc that are sourced locally. For full details please read here