SA’s fight against the deadly listeriosis outbreak received a shot in the arm on Monday when the World Health Organisation (WHO) announced it had increased technical support to help contain the disease. The WHO’s increased support was in line with international health regulations and "the recommendations to fill in the gaps identified through joint external evaluation", the Department of Health said. Following the Southern African Development Community health ministers meeting, the WHO, in consultation with the South African government, agreed to increase its support to the response effort. "This is in keeping with provisions of the international health regulations to ensure that there is outbreak containment while limiting disruption to trade. This is important given that some countries had imposed trade bans contrary to WHO recommendations regarding this outbreak," the department said. "This increased support by WHO is very much [welcomed] by the ministry of health and the governm...

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