Bacteria found in ECape floodwater: Report

By Drum Digital
18 January 2013

A strain of the bacteria that causes cholera has been found in floodwater and soil samples in Port Alfred's Medolino valley in the Eastern Cape, according to a report on Friday.

Rhodes University pharmaceutical biochemistry research scientist Roman Tandlich found vibrio cholerae among other bacteria in samples he took in November, The Herald Online reported.

He did the tests after residents concerned about polluted floodwater approached him.

His initial tests found an e.coli count of more than 100,000 cells per 100ml in water sample from the flooded area covering 17.2ha.

-by Sapa

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