Lis­te­ria claims one in East­ern Cape

The Citizen (KZN) - - NEWS -

One per­son in the East­ern Cape has died from lis­te­rio­sis and 23 oth­ers tested positive for the food-borne dis­ease in the past 10 months, ac­cord­ing to the Na­tional In­sti­tute for Com­mu­ni­ca­ble Dis­eases.

Lab­o­ra­tory tests re­turned 24 positive re­sults be­tween Fe­bru­ary and Novem­ber, ac­cord­ing to a re­port from the in­sti­tute. A to­tal of 36 peo­ple have died from lis­te­rio­sis na­tion­wide.

East­ern Cape de­part­ment of health spokesper­son Sizwe Ku­pelo yes­ter­day said the de­part­ment was aware of two cases from the Nel­son Man­dela Bay Metro. He said other cases were re­ported in OR Tambo‚ Amath­ole and Sarah Baart­man mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties.

In Port El­iz­a­beth, a Nanaga farm owner from Blue­wa­ter Bay was ad­mit­ted to St Ge­orge’s Hospi­tal on Septem­ber 25 af­ter he was found un­re­spon­sive by his wife. The man, who had other un­der­ly­ing med­i­cal con­di­tions, died the next day.

“He was on a strict ve­gan diet, drank fil­tered wa­ter and bought or­ganic foods. Prior to the col­lapse, he ate paw­paw and flax seeds,” said Kapelo.

In the sec­ond case in the metro, a 69-year-old man vis­ited a doc­tor on Oc­to­ber 13, ex­pe­ri­enc­ing flu like symp­toms. The next day, the Uiten­hage man was taken to Cuyler Hospi­tal af­ter ex­pe­ri­enc­ing a se­vere headache and vom­it­ing.

Bac­te­rial menin­gi­tis was di­ag­nosed, caused by lis­te­ria. He was hos­pi­talised for a month and dis­charged. – ANA

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