The recent outbreak of Listeria disease in South Africa, has given many serious concern and Nigeria is not left out as the country tries to put necessary measures in place to avoid the outbreak in the country.
With the latest outbreak, the World Health Organization (WHO), has stated that the disease is the largest in South Africa as about 750 cases have been confirmed already.
The outbreak was declared on 5th Dec, 2017. Sixty one 61 traced patients were reported to have died from the outbreak.
The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), in helping to create awareness about the disease explained that “Listeriosis is a serious disease caused by the bacterium, Listerium monocytogenes. Listerium monocytogenes is found in soil, water and some animal faeces. Animal products including meat & dairy, seafood and fresh produce such as fruits & vegetables can be contaminated.”
As South Africa has implemented some important measures such as making listeriosis a notifiable disease. NAFDAC has strengthened surveillance on food products from South Africa to ensure that products contaminated with Listerium monocytogenes aren’t imported & distributed in Nigeria.
WHO has not kept silent on the matter as it has come put to educate people on the key steps towards having a safer food.
“WHO has called on South Africans to practice WHO’s “Five Keys to Safer Food” program which includes: • Washing hands before, during & after food preparation • Separating raw meat, poultry & seafood from other foods • Cooking food thoroughly, especially meat, poultry, eggs & seafood”