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April 11, 2014

Department of Health warns of health risks after a flood

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Mayo – The Florida Department of Health in Lafayette County encourages residents and visitors in the Mayo area to use caution as flooding and standing water form as a result of the large amount of rain received during recent storms.

“We urge residents and visitors in affected areas to protect themselves and their families from potential health risks presented by floodwaters,” said FDOH-Lafayette Environmental Supervisor Michael Mitchell. “As we continue to respond to the storms’ impact, life safety is our first and foremost concern and everyone should continue to heed instructions from local officials.” 

Contaminated flood waters may cause illness. Do not wade through standing water. If you have open cuts or sores exposed to the floodwater, practice basic hygiene and keep them as clean as possible by washing with soap and disinfected or boiled water. Do not allow children to play in floodwaters or with toys that have been in floodwaters until the toys have been disinfected. Avoid eating or drinking anything that has been contaminated with flood waters. 

In addition, heavy rains and flooding can lead to an increase in mosquitoes. Prevent mosquitoes by practicing “Drain and Cover”:

  • Drain standing water
  • Cover your skin with clothing and repellent
  • Cover doors and windows with screens

For additional tips on how to keep your family healthy and safe from floodwaters, see the Flood Information Sheet, below. 

For more information on how you can keep your family healthy and safe, please contact the Florida Department of Health in Lafayette County at 386-294-1321 or visit http://www.floridahealth.gov/chdLafayette/index.html

The Florida Department of Health protects, promotes and improves the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county and community efforts. 

Follow us on Twitter at @HealthyFla and on Facebook. For more information about the Florida Department of Health, visit www.FloridaHealth.gov.

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