Calls to improve water testing after deadly bacteria found in Canterbury rivers

Posted 20/12/2018

Radio NZ website

Nearly 50 people in the last three years have contracted a severe syndrome which can be deadly and is linked to a bacteria detected in Canterbury rivers.

Fish and Game commissioned independent testing of the Ashley, Selwyn and Rangitata rivers which showed the presence of a bacteria called Shiga toxin-producing E. coli or STEC.

STEC bacteria can cause haemolytic-uraemic syndrome which damages kidneys and can kill people.

Of the hundreds of cases in the last few years of people getting infected with STEC, 18 people so far this year have contracted the syndrome.

Last year, 11 people had it, nine of whom were children. In 2016, there were 16 cases, half were children.

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