Unbelievably, babies are the population group most dramatically impacted by the polony listeriosis tragedy. Some 92 babies have died in South Africa as a result of the outbreak.
“Obviously, babies are not eating polony,” Dr. Anelich relates. “The transmission of Listeria monocytogenes occurs when a pregnant woman eats the contaminated food and transmits the organism via her placenta to the unborn baby. This may result in miscarriage, stillbirth, or preterm delivery. Another potential outcome may be delivery on time, but then the baby could be born with meningitis, pneumonia, or septicaemia from which they may succumb.”