Listeriosis is a serious, but treatable and preventable disease caused by the bacterium, Listeria monocytogenes and is widely distributed in nature and can be found in soil, water and vegetation.
Furthermore, animal products and fresh produce such as fruits and vegetables can be contaminated from these sources.
A severe outbreak in South Africa has already recorded massive number of cases, in excess of 900. Reports say that the source of the outbreak has been traced back to a food processing plant, and found in processed POLONY
The Ministry of Health in Zambia has ordered the withdrawel of meat products sold under the Enterprise and Rainbow Food brands
INFECTION WITH LISTERIA MAY RESULT IN THE FOLLOWING CONDITIONS
. Flu like illness with diarrhoea including fever, general body pains, vomiting and weakness.
. Infection of the blood stream which is called septiceamia.
. Meningoencephalitis (infection of the brain).
Individuals at high risk of developing severe disease include newborns, the elderly, pregnant women, persons with weak immunity such as HIV, diabetes, cancer, chronic liver or kidney disease