Care urged with compost after disease scare
There has been at least one confirmed case Legionnaires’ disease in Matamata.
Legionnaires is a form of pneumonia that can be caused by exposure to harmful bacteria while using compost or potting mix.
Symptoms can include dry coughing, high fever, chills, diarrhoea, shortness of breath, chest pains, headaches, excessive sweating, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain.
The disease can be life-threatening for people with weakened immune systems.
People are advised to always wear gloves and a face mask when handling soil- type products, mulches, compost or potting mix; to open bags carefully using scissors; to work in a wellventilated area; and to wash hands thoroughly after gardening.