Health concerns after flooding in our area

Photo of flooding From US 58 looking toward South Boston

LYNCHBURG, Va. (WSET) - As some of you clean up after flood waters rose in our area there are some big health concerns you need to consider.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention doctors often see more people with respiratory infections after floodwaters recede and people are allowed to return to their homes.

The CDC advises you wear rubber boots and gloves when cleaning your homes, to avoid direct contact with any item that has come into contact with floodwater.

Also you might want to wear a mask or respirator.

Walls, floors and anything with a hard surface that has come into contact with floodwater need to be cleaned with soap and water and disinfected with a bleach solution.

Fabrics should be washed in hot water or dry-cleaned.

Furniture that can be saved should be dried in the sun and then sprayed with a disinfectant.

Carpets should be steam-cleaned.

Food and beverages that have come into contact with floodwater should be thrown away.

The Food and Drug Administration suggests that people should also throw away prescription drugs, even those that are in their original containers or with screw tops, as they may no longer be safe if they've come into contact with contaminated water.

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