JOHANNESBURG – Gauteng MEC for Health Dr Gwen Ramokgopa will on Tuesday visit children that were affected by Listeriosis at Klipspruit West, Soweto.
This follows a case where nine children under the age of 5 years were presented to Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital with febrile gastro-enteritis on Friday 12th January.
According to the MEC’s Spokesperson Khutso Rabothata, the paediatrician suspected foodborne disease, including listeriosis, as a possible cause.
“The environmental health practitioners (EHPs) were informed and on the same day visited the crèche, and obtained samples from two unrelated polony brands (manufactured by Enterprise and Rainbow Chicken Limited (RCL) respectively) and submitted these to the laboratory for testing” said the Department of Health in a statement.
The department has urged people to be cautious about their food intake and visit their nearest health facilities should they suspect any symptoms.