Minimising health risks in the garden

A common sense approach when out in the garden will help reduce potential risks posed by plants or diseases and ensure we continue to enjoy the health benefits of gardening.

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Quick facts

Legionnaires disease can be caught from stagnant water or water droplets in warm conditions
Bioaerosols are micro-organisms present in compost heaps that can be harmful if breathed in
Tetanus is a bacterial infection that can enter through soiled cuts or wounds made by plant thorns
Weil's disease and salmonella can be transmitted by compost heaps or water containing rat urine

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