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joburgcityANA reports that the City of Johannesburg on Friday said it was worried about the health and environmental impact of the ongoing strike at waste management entity Pikitup after a rodent tested positive for dormant Plague.  

Mayor Parks Tau said the city had already started to intensify efforts to contain health risks through the identification of areas that fell under the high risk category for urgent attention in collaboration with residents and the private sector.  In a routine monitoring programme for various rodent-borne diseases, including Plague, as conducted earlier this week by the National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD), one rodent tested positive for antibodies to Plague.  Professor Lucille Bloomberg of the NICD said the result indicated past exposure to the Plague organism (Yersinia pestis), and emphasised that that did not mean there was a Plague outbreak.

  • Read this report by Siphelele Dludla in full at IOL News
  • See too, Pikitup strike: Sick in the city? at Saturday Star
  • And also, Jozi faces disease threat because of Pikitup strike, at The New Age

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