Florida, South Carolina, and North Carolina are recovering from Hurricane Matthew. In North Carolina, flood and rebuilding injuries remain major concerns. Not only that—Zika could be on the rise due to the standing water, where the mosquitos breed, and due to the decreased efforts to quell the disease because of the distraction and damage of the storm.
The standing water itself is susceptible to disease, debris, and bacteria. “If you have to walk in floodwaters because you’re trying to clean up your home, wear boots or closed-toe shoes,” Mary Casey-Lockyear, senior associate for Disaster Health Services at National Headquarters of the American Red Cross, said. “If there is sewer water involved you can always have E.coli in there. [Wash] your hands or take a really good shower if you’re in the water.” Also, do not eat food that’s been in the water. Drink water that’s bottled or boiled for at least a minute.
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