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Namibia Records First Case Of Listeriosis
Date Posted: 14/Mar/2018
A 41-year-old man is fighting for his life in a Namibian hospital after becoming the country's first listeriosis victim, the health minister said. Bernard Haufiku said the man became ill after eating a vienna sausage from a butchers about 300 miles (475km) north of the capital Windhoek, where he is now receiving treatment.
 
The announcement came a week after Namibia announced it was banning imports from the company which was revealed as the source of the world's largest ever outbreak in neighbouring South Africa.
 
So far, South Africa's outbreak has killed more than 180 people and made almost 1,000 ill.
 
However, Mr Haufiku said Namibia was ready as a result.
 
He told parliament: "We were already prepared as a country when we heard there was a break out in South Africa."
 
The new case comes two days after a human rights lawyer invited victims in South Africa to join him in a lawsuit against Tiger Brands, the owner of the Limpopo province factory where the outbreak is believed to have begun.
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