Efforts to contain the listeriosis outbreak in the Northern Cape have been increased after four cases were reported in the province.

The outbreak in the province has left one person dead and three more receiving treatment.

In December, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi announced that 557 cases of the food-borne disease were reported countrywide.

Most of the cases reported are in Gauteng, Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal.

The provincial Health Department says it is teaming up with other departments to prevent the spread of the disease.

The department’s spokesperson, Lebogang Majaha says, “The sole intent to ensure that they coordinate all activities around the outbreak of listeriosis around the province.”

Motsoaledi has urged people experiencing symptoms of listeriosis to seek immediate medical attention.

At least 36 people died following an outbreak of  the food-borne disease in the country.

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