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March 8, 2018

Listeria outbreak: SA neighbours ban meat exports

Four countries in southern Africa on Monday took steps against South African chilled meat imports made at a factory found to be the origin of the world’s worst-ever listeria outbreak.

Mozambique and Namibia announced they were immediately suspending imports of the products. Botswana said it was recalling the items “with immediate effect”, while Zambia called on South African retail chains in its country to pull the incriminated goods from local shelves.

Since January 2017, 948 people in South Africa have contracted listeriosis – a disease caused by bacteria from soil, water, vegetation and animal faeces which can contaminate fresh food, notably [...]

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March 2, 2018

Panic after 900 cases of listeriosis recorded in SA

Listeriosis has caused panic among South Africans, in a country where it has killed over 160 people and made hundreds sick.

The latest statistics show that the listeriosis outbreak has now claimed 172 lives and 915 laboratory-confirmed cases have been reported to the National Institute of Communicable Diseases since January 1, 2017, they have said.

Just over 900 cases have been recorded in the country’s laboratories, and of the 164 people that it has killed, half are infants under the age of 1.

But health experts say while this misunderstood disease is a reality, they have cautioned that there is no need to panic as it is not an epidemic.

Dr Kgomotso [...]

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August 23, 2017

New cancer policies to improve prevention and treatment for women

Health Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi will on Friday launch cervical and breast cancer policies aimed at addressing the high mortality caused by these two types of cancers. The Department of Health on Tuesday said the policies are also aimed at improving the management of cancer and the quality of life of women in South Africa.

The launch is scheduled to be held at Frere Hospital in East London in the Eastern Cape. Breast and cervical cancers have been identified amongst the leading causes of death among South African women, especially women aged 30 years and older.

The Cervical Cancer Prevention and Control Policy will assist to prevent the disease by promoting healthy [...]

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