[LISTEN] The effect of Listeriosis on an unborn child

Listeriosis is food poisoning caused by eating contaminated foods and can leave one with symptoms similar to flu or diarhoea. The disease can turn fatal as it can lead to meningitis which is an infection of the brain.

More than 60 South Africans have died from the condition and health authorities say there are currently more than 700 cases countrywide.

A few days ago, our Health Minister escalated the status to the disease to notifiable, meaning it is on par with and as serious as diseases like the plague.

Head of the Centre for Enteric Diseases at the NICD Dr Juno Thomas says that pregnant women are extremely high risk if they eat contaminated food.

Pregnant women in particular are at high risk when they are in their third trimester.

Dr Juno Thomas, Head of the Centre for Enteric Diseases at the NICD

Thomas says that one of the difficulties is that expecting mothers might not experience the severe disease themselves, but the bacteria gets into the blood stream and infects the unborn child.

Preparing food carefully and thoroughly, as well as washing your hands is crucial to combating Listeria.

Click on the link below to hear more...


This article first appeared on CapeTalk : [LISTEN] The effect of Listeriosis on an unborn child


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI
Read More
Lead SA: CPT's Kay Mason Foundation is changing the lives of disadvantaged kids

Lead SA: CPT's Kay Mason Foundation is changing the lives of disadvantaged kids

The Kay Mason Foundation is a non-profit organization based in CPT that provides academic & social support to disadvantaged kids

The Polo GTI has got that vrrrpha mentality written all over it - Jacob Moshokoa

The Polo GTI has got that vrrrpha mentality written all over it - Jacob Moshokoa

Automotive Journalist, Jacob Moshokoa shares his views of the Polo GTI 2018, and chats about the vrrrpha mentality among young men

I've finally decided to start my 1st solo project - Zolani Mahola, Freshlyground

I've finally decided to start my 1st solo project - Zolani Mahola, Freshlyground

On the #WeekendBreakfast with Africa Melane, Zolani Mahola of Freshlyground tells us all about her first solo project.

'I enjoyed 'The House with a Clock in its Walls' movie but the ending is crazy'

'I enjoyed 'The House with a Clock in its Walls' movie but the ending is crazy'

Film critic Gayle Edmunds shares her views of the gothic horror inspired movie, 'The House with a Clock in its Walls'.

Tips on how to reduce Listeria risk in foods

Tips on how to reduce Listeria risk in foods

Food scientists are calling it the worst documented listeriosis outbreak in global history. An expert shares food safety advice.

Listeriosis death toll hits 61, added to notifiable diseases list

Listeriosis death toll hits 61, added to notifiable diseases list

The National Health Department has announced the death toll from an outbreak of listeriosis has risen to 61.

Popular articles
[WATCH] Can you do the Thuso Phala and Vosho as well as this little boy?

[WATCH] Can you do the Thuso Phala and Vosho as well as this little boy?

Khabazela shares some of the most popular tweets, posts, and videos on 'What's gone viral'.

'I’ve never invested in the stock exchange. I know it too well'

'I’ve never invested in the stock exchange. I know it too well'

Bruce Whitfield interviews Prof Lorenzo Fioramonti (UP) about his attitude toward money (hopes, fears, successes, failures, etc.).

Feasibility study for Gautrain expansion completed but no approval yet

Feasibility study for Gautrain expansion completed but no approval yet

MEC for Transport Ismail Vadi says the feasibility study has been submitted to Treasury for consideration and formal approval.

Magashule has never taken responsibility for anything says Mxolisi Dukwana

Magashule has never taken responsibility for anything says Mxolisi Dukwana

Dukwana accuses Magasshule of taking him to Saxonwold and asking him to sign a project over to the Guptas for R2 million a month.

Judge in Omotoso case dismisses defence application to recuse himself

Judge in Omotoso case dismisses defence application to recuse himself

Judge Mandela Makaula has dismissed the defence application saying it has no merit.

'As long as I'm mayor, I'm not going to sit back and watch criminals take over'

'As long as I'm mayor, I'm not going to sit back and watch criminals take over'

City of Johannesburg Executive Mayor Herman Mashaba says criminals cannot be allowed to threaten service delivery in the city.