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Microorganisms that cause disease can be transferred from animal manures to humans.
The pathogens Salmonella, Listeria and E.coli, as well as parasites, such as roundworms and tapeworms, have been linked to applications of manure to gardens.
Publicity about illnesses due to E.coli 0157:H7 has made people more aware of the potential risk of food borne illness from manure contamination. As a result, many are now asking whether it is safe to use manure on their gardens.
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