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13 Dec 2019 18:56
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  •   Home > News > Health & Safety

    A Dunedin man's died after contracting a dangerous bacteria from potting mix

    A Dunedin man's died after contracting a dangerous bacteria from potting mix


    The Southern District Health Board say it's believed the gardener developed Legionnaire's Disease - a type of deadly pneumonia.

    He's thought to have been infected while adding compost to a glasshouse - developing flu-like symptoms and passing away within a week.

    Medical Officer of Health Anura Jayasinghe says at this time of year - gardeners should be wearing masks and gloves to handle potting mix.

    He says they should also avoid using it in enclosed spaces - and wash their hands afterwards.

    © 2019 Newstalk ZB, NZCity


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