Deadly bacteria detected in Bloemhof dam

Local clinics experienced a high volume of patients complaining of cholera-like symptoms.

FILE IMAGE: Tests are still being conducted on the water to determine if there’s a cholera outbreak. Picture: Supplied

JOHANNESBURG - Health authorities in the North West Province have detected bacteria in the Lekwa-Teemane municipal dam in Bloemhof which they believe is behind the cause of widespread diarrhoea.

It's unclear when the bacteria contaminated local water supply but this week two babies died while five others were admitted to hospital for observation after they drank contaminated water.

Local clinics experienced a high volume of patients complaining about diarrhoea and cholera-like symptoms since the week started.

Tests are still being conducted on the water to determine if there's a cholera outbreak and officials say they will release a report into the situation on Monday.

Lekwa-Teemane municipal manager Andrew Makuopane says, "Water provision is back, the water is now clean, there are two kids who passed on in hospital. The cause of death is related to diarrhoea."