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The death toll for Listeriosis has risen to 61, with Gauteng being the most affected province.

"We still have a long way to go in searching. Out of this 134 traced Listeriosis patients, 61 passed on," Minister of health, Motsoaledi said.

The disease was recognized as an outbreak late last year.

The disease is caused by Listeria bacteria which is found in food items such as meat and unpasteurized milk.

On Monday, health authorities said a poultry abattoir where the bug had been detected has been closed.

Health Minister, Motsoaledi, has urged South Africans to practice basic food hygiene:

Listeriosis is now considered a notifiable disease.

The disease is described as a bacterial infection that can be treated with antibiotics if diagnosed in time.


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