The incidence of listeriosis cases in South Africa continues to steadily decline following the recall of the implicated food source which was initiated on Mar. 4.

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The source of the outbreak has been identified as ready-to-eat processed meat products manufactured at Enterprise Foods’ Polokwane production facility

A total of 37 laboratory-confirmed cases are reported since the recall.

As of Apr. 3, a total of 999 laboratory-confirmed listeriosis cases has been reported to NICD since Jan. 1,  2017. 191 deaths have been reported.

All the nine provinces in the country have been affected; however the majority of cases (78%) have been reported from three provinces: Gauteng (59%, 586/999), Western Cape (12%, 123/999) and KwaZulu-Natal (7%, 72/999).

Given the long incubation period of Listeria monocytogenes additional cases are not unexpected.

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