Legionella risk in the drought, does the risk increase or decrease?

As we all know, there is a severe drought plaguing the Western (and increasingly) Eastern Cape Provinces of South Africa (and not so long before that, a drought affecting the interior provinces too). Obviously Legionella pneumophila being a water-borne organism, this is likely to impact on its prevalence of and thus the diseases caused by […]

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Food Poisoning or a Stomach Virus?

Are you feeling sick to your stomach and not sure if you’re suffering from a stomach bug or have food poisoning? On the surface, food poisoning and gastroenteritis (stomach flu) seem similar. Symptoms like abdominal cramping, fever, chills, nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, and headaches. It is however, very important to distinguish between the two. Stomach flu […]

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Antibiotic Resistance and Food Safety

Antibiotics have revolutionised the treatment of infectious diseases and they have undoubtedly saved millions of lives, but with the emergence of antibiotic-resistant bacteria is threatening their effectiveness. In the United States, at least 2 million people become infected with bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics and at least 23,000 people die annually as a direct […]

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Listeriosis Food Poisoning Update

The recent outbreak of Listeriosis caused by Listeria monocytogenes in South Africa The health department has released an update on the Listeriosis outbreak. At this stage the source of the contamination has as of yet, not been identified. The investigation is ongoing and there are now 727 confirmed laboratory cases, and 61 confirmed deaths as […]

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