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Infectious disease expert says municipal water is safe to drink

The National Institute of Communicable Diseases dismissed fake news claiming the outbreaks came from contaminated municipal water.

FILE: The National Institute of Communicable Diseases has dismissed fake news claiming the outbreaks came from contaminated municipal water, saying it caused unnecessary panic. Picture: Provided.

CAPE TOWN – An infectious disease expert said on Tuesday there was no evidence that tap water was linked to typhoid outbreaks in the Western Cape and North West province.

“If this had been municipal water contamination, we would have seen hundreds, if not tens of thousands of cases. This is absolutely not the case and the clusters we are talking about are clusters of ten people more than a year ago in many cases it’s really not something we have to worry about at the municipal level and there is currently no need to worry about tap water” , said Dr Jeremy Nel of Wits University.

The National Institute of Communicable Diseases dismissed fake news claiming the outbreaks came from contaminated municipal water, saying it caused unnecessary panic.

Cape Town also refuted the social media posts.

“All drinking water samples taken from the municipal supply tested at the City Scientific Service Laboratory in Athlone complied with South African drinking water standards for acute health components and posed no health risk to the public. “said Patricia van der Ross of the city.



Infectious disease expert says municipal water is safe to drink

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