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Updated 10 May 2018

SEE: How SA's deadly listeriosis outbreak unfolded

A timeline will help you understand the events caused by this dangerous food-borne illness.

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The listeria crisis in South Africa, which has claimed 183 lives thus far, has been described as the biggest documented outbreak the world has ever seen. 

Unlike other food-borne illnesses, listeria thrives in cold environments, making cold meat products such as polony, Russians and hams more susceptible to this bacteria since these foods are not usually cooked.   

Have a look at this timeline to find out more:  

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