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5 Things You Need To Know About Listeriosis And How To Prevent It

The SADC region is on high alert after an outbreak of listerosis hit neighboring South Africa.Below are a few facts about the disease you need to know and also ways to prevent it;

Five Things You Need To Know

Listeriosis is an infection caused by a bacteria called Listeria, signs and symptoms include;Fever, muscle aches, diarrhoea, stiff neck, vomiting, nausea, confusion, loss of balance etc

Listeria can live in water, soil and some animals and it thrives in cold temperatures.

Listeriosis is usually found in raw, cooked and processed foods which include uncooked meat, vegetables, and fruits. Unpasteurised milk products are highly likely to contain Listeria.

It usually affects people with a weakened immune system including the elderly, pregnant women, young children and people who suffer from chronic illnesses.

It can take as long as 30 days before you experience any symptoms.

Five Useful Tips To Prevent It

Food should be heated above 70 degrees Celsius as heat kills the bacteria

Cooked food should be separated from raw foods.

Use diluted bleach to clean areas where you might have kept contaminated food.

Wash hands, knives, countertops, and cutting boards after handling and preparing uncooked foods.

Wash hands and fruits thoroughly before eating.

Should you experience any of the above mentioned symptoms it is highly recommended you go to see a doctor as soon as possible.

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