Gauteng Department of Health confirms cluster food poisoning outbreak in the West Rand

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The Gauteng Department of Health has confirmed a cluster outbreak of suspected food poisoning in the West Rand.

The food poisoning is suspected to have occurred at the funeral of an elderly woman in Kagiso last week.

Two people have been confirmed dead as a result of the food poisoning, while 29 have been admitted to hospital.

Spokesperson for the Gauteng Department of Health, Kwara Kekana says an investigation into the incident has been launched.

“The latest update is as follows: there are 29 notified and verified cases, admitted and treated in both public and private facilities, which are awaiting results of samples collected to find causative organism; Additional 11 unverified cases; And 2 suspected deaths, the District Health Services is waiting for the cause of death report. Water and food samples have also been collected and the District Health Services is awaiting results. The investigation is ongoing into the incident.”

Community members want Health Department to investigate deaths in Kagiso: