Nigerians In South Africa Warned To Be Health Concious As Deadly Disease Kills Scores ~ Health Minister.
According to the statement, port health officials have also been put on the alert. The statement read in part, "The Nigerian public are advised to wash their fruits and vegetables properly and ensure meats are well cooked before consumption. Nigerians are advised to be calm as the Federal Government is monitoring the development in South Africa and would be properly advised when need be.
Listeriosis is food poisoning disease caused by eating food items such as meat, dairy products, fruits and vegetables contaminated by Listeria Monocystogene. The disease primarily affects older adults, persons with weakened immune systems, pregnant women, and newborns. According to Wikipedia, people without these risk factors can also be affected but it is rare.
A person with listeriosis usually has fever and muscle aches, often preceded by diarrhoea or other gastrointestinal symptoms. Almost everyone who is diagnosed with listeriosis has invasive infection, meaning that the bacteria spread from their intestines to their blood stream or other body sites. The disease may occur as much as two months after eating contaminated food.