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After yesterday’s depressing statistics about the impact of the listeriosis outbreak on babies, it’s good to take a moment to reflect on some much better news. According to the Institute of Race Relations, South Africa’s infant mortality rate fell 32% between 2002 and 2017 to its lowest level in 20 years.
The listeriosis outbreak that has its origins at a Tiger Brands factory has now claimed over 200 lives. As of last week, the death toll for the outbreak stood at 204, at least 80 of whom were babies. Babies were the hardest hit by the outbreak, accounting for over 400 of the 1033 listeriosis cases the NICD identified.