Namibia records first listeria case after it kills 180 in South Africa

WINDHOEK (Reuters) – Namibia’s health minister said on Tuesday it had recorded its first case of listeriosis, the biggest recorded outbreak of which has killed over 180 people and infected almost 970 in neighboring South Africa.

Bernard Haufiku told Namibia’s parliament the victim was a 41-year-old man who was fighting for his life in hospital in the capital of the southern African nation.

According to Haufiku, the man ate a sausage he bought at a butcher’s shop in Tsumeb, about 475 km (300 miles) north of Windhoek, which is believed to be the source of the toxic bug.

“We were already prepared as a country when we heard there was a break out in South Africa,” the minister said.

Last week, Namibia suspended imports of processed meat from South Africa after the outbreak was linked to…

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