Saturday 17 April 2021
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Listeria update: Blood sample sent to SA

The health ministry has forwarded blood samples of Namibia’s first listeriosis victim to South Africa for examination to determine whether the disease is local or brought into the country from outside.
Health minister Dr. Bernard Haufiku disclosed this when approached to provide an update on the situation.
In SADC, the disease has so far affected South Africa and Namibia.
The 41-year-old man who was admitted into hospital after being diagnosed with the deadly listeriosis disease is about to be discharged. The patient was admitted on 05 March 2018  and Haufiku said no new cases were reported after that.
Haufiku added: “I was informed that the patient is well and that he will be discharged soon.”
“The test results will be key because they will show us whether the disease is local or imported,” he said.
Listeriosis is a severe bacterial infection caused by the rod shaped bacteria listeria monocytogenes.

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