Research finds deadly viruses in slum water

Children play with flowing water at Nyalenda slums in Kisumu in 2015. Research has found deadly viruses in slum water. PHOTO | FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP

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Researchers from IHE Delft Institute for Water Education and their peers from Uganda and Tanzania have found traces of 25 DNA virus families — some of them with adverse health risk for humans — in underground water in the slums of Kampala and Arusha.

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