Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi briefs media on Listeriosis outbreak.

In December 2017, Motsoaledi announced an outbreak of a food borne disease, called Listeriosis in South Africa.

About 550 cases had been reported between January and November 2017 and a total of 36 people were confirmed dead.

The disease is caused by a bacterium, which is widely distributed in nature and can be found in soil, water and vegetation.