He explained that the disease was "a serious‚ but treatable and preventable disease caused by the bacterium‚ Listeria monocytogenes".
Listeriosis is marked by flu-like symptoms such as diarrhoea, fever, general body pains, vomiting, weakness, septicaemia and meningoencephalitis.
The department has not found the origin of the outbreak but suspects food contamination at the source, such as farms or food processing plants.
Motsoaledi says the bacteria is widely distributed in nature and can be found in soil, water and vegetation.
Fuel prices set to soar
Sharp movements in global petroleum prices combined with a weakening SA rand are pushing fuel prices higher this December. Motorists will be feeling the pinch as petrol and diesel prices reached their highest levels in three years.
Listeriosis is a foodborne illness associated with a wide variety of foods, including dairy, meat, vegetables, fruit, and ready-to-eat products.
Most have been reported from Gauteng Province (62%, 345/557) followed by Western Cape (71/557) and KwaZulu-Natal (37/557).
Motsoaledi added that whilst anyone can get the diseases, which has a mortality rate of between 20% - 30%, those at a high risk of developing the disease are newborns, the elderly, pregnant women and people with weak immunity systems such as HIV or cancer sufferers.
Record-breaking nine-hour rainbow appears in Taiwan
Professor Chou has added that he plans to soon submit evidence to Guinness to make this Taiwan rainbow officially number one. A rainbow may have shattered a world record of being the longest lasting after gracing the sky above Taiwan for nine hours.
Four people killed in serious collision in Wexford
It is understood one woman and three men were traveling in the same auto and were all members of the same family. Four people have died following a collision between a vehicle and lorry on the main New Ross to Wexford road.
Kroger recalls water for babies
The mold may cause allergic reactions including hay fever-type symptoms, such as sneezing, runny nose, red eyes and skin rash. Testing by Kroger determined the mold is Talaromyces penicillium and can not be seen by the naked eye.
Destiny 2 - Expansion I: Curse of Osiris Launch Trailer
We don't know anything about the second expansion at the moment, aside from the fact that it'll be out sometime in spring 2018. That downtime begins at 7 AM Pacific time on December 5, and after that point, you won't be able to log into Destiny 2 .
McDonald's New 'Dollar' Menu To Heat Up Prices In 2018
In 2013, McDonald's dropped its "Dollar Menu" on franchisee complaints but heavy marketing failed to draw more customers. All of the above mentioned "value" menus have been created to protect the franchisee's margins.
Supporters rally, demand due-process for US Rep. Conyers
Dozens of political, religious and civil rights leaders will gather in Detroit Monday for a rally to support embattled U.S. One time when Grubbs was at Conyers home, she said he came out of the bathroom naked when he knew she was in the room.