Listeria Class Action
Link to the class action application: Ngobeni Class Action Full Founding Papers
According to the Minister of Health, Dr. Aaron Motsoaledi:
THE CONCLUSION FROM THIS IS THAT THE SOURCE OF THE PRESENT OUTBREAK CAN BE CONFIRMED TO BE THE ENTERPRISE FOOD-PRODUCTION FACILITY IN POLOKWANE
According to the Centre for Enteric Diseases (CED) and Division of Public Health Surveillance and Response, Outbreak Response Unit (ORU), National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD)/ National Health Laboratory Service (NHLS) the current number of ill and deceased are as follows:
As of 9 April 2018, 1011 laboratory-confirmed listeriosis cases have been reported to NICD from all provinces since 01 January 2017.
To date, 749 cases were reported in 2017, and 262 cases in 2018. Females account for 56% (549/979) cases where gender is reported. Where age was reported (n=985), ages range from birth to 93 years (median 18 years) and 41% (418/985) are neonates aged ≤28 days. Of neonatal cases, 96% (402/418) had early-onset disease (birth to ≤6 days). Most cases have been reported from Gauteng Province (59%, 592/1011) followed by Western Cape (12%, 125/1011) and KwaZulu-Natal (7%, 72/1011) provinces. Cases have been diagnosed in both public (64%, 652/1011) and private (36%, 359/1011) healthcare sectors. Amongst 1011 cases, 733 (73%) specimens that were positive for Listeria monocytogenes on blood culture, while 213 (21%) were positive on cerebrospinal fluid. Final outcome data is available for 68% (691/1011) of cases, of which 28% (193/691) died.