Care urged with com­post af­ter disease scare

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

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.

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