Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Farm products not affected by Limpopo River cholera

Farm products not affected by Limpopo River choleraDecember 03 2008, 2:10:00

Agri SA President Johannes Muller today gave assurances that the country's farm products will not be affected by the fact that the Limpopo River tested positive for cholera adding that there were sufficient safety measures in place..

The Limpopo Health Department confirmed yesterday that the cholera bacteria had been found in the river.

Muller said while farmers were using the Limpopo River for irrigation, the organisation had taken "a close look" at pollution measures and no fruit and vegetables would be affected.

The agriculture department today warned farmers to create awareness about the disease among farm workers.

There was no evidence of people contracting cholera from animals and crops.

Cholera is contracted by drinking water or ingesting food contaminated with cholera bacteria. This is as a result of an infected person defecating into a water source or handling food. Communities using untreated water for drinking or washing eating utensils are particularly at risk, the National Institute for Communicable Diseases cautioned recently

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