According to Modsoaledi, "Listeriosis is a serious, but treatable and preventable disease caused by the bacterium, Listeria monocytogenes. "This bacteria is found in contaminated water, soil and vegetation. Fresh produce and animal products may be contaminated from these sources.
"In July 2017, doctors from neonatal units in Chris Hani Baragwanath and Steve Biko Academic hospitals alerted the NICD about unusually high number of babies with Listeriosis. This triggered a review of all cases diagnosed in both public and private hospitals," explains the Minister.Anyone can be infected by this disease, however it is more prevalent in the following cases: