Post-flood health risks

by Gene on Jun. 23rd, 2008

As the Mississippi flood waters recede, a new threat is rising. Public health officials in Iowa are warning people about the health risks associated with cleaning up their water-damaged homes, farms and buildings. Bacteria thrives in the water, and could lead to a number of diseases, and can contaminate well water. Water-logged buildings are a haven for mold, which can cause serious problems for allergy and asthma sufferers.

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Flood waters may contain potentially dangerous materials, such as fecal material from overflowing sewage systems, agricultural runoff, and chemicals from industrial areas. Wading in flood waters can also be a cause of infection or result in a variety of injuries. For more information see Health Risks of Standing or Flood Waters on the CDC Water-Related Emergencies and Outbreaks website.

posted on Tue, 03/02/2010 - 11:27am

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