Public health alert over Rome trash

Lazio Region warns of health hazard due to rubbish on Rome's streets in heatwave.

The Lazio regional government has issued a public health warning over the trash accumulated on Rome's streets - particularly in the vicinity of hospitals, kindergartens, daycare centres and food markets.

The alert comes as the capital is in the midst of a nationwide heatwave which is expected to be the hottest since 2003.

The Lazio Region has warned the city's ASL health authorities about "possible effects on public health" connected with the "continuing lack of rubbish collection in Rome", according to Italian news agency ANSA. 

The warning comes several days after Rome doctors highlighted the health hazard caused by overflowing bins on the city streets.

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