FLOOD WATER AND TETANUS INFORMATION
Please be extra cautious when dealing with flood water. Floods, big or small, can have devastating effects on your home and your family. You can take steps to reduce the harm caused by flooding. Learn how to prepare for a flood, stay safe during a flood, and protect your health when you return home after a flood. Below are some great resources for dealing with flood water situations.
Flood water also brings increased risk of tetanus. Tetanus is an infection caused by a bacterium called Clostridium tetani. Spores of tetanus bacteria are everywhere in the environment, including soil, dust, and manure. The spores develop into bacteria when they enter the body.The spores can get into the body through broken skin, usually through injuries from contaminated objects. Certain breaks in the skin are more likely to get infected with tetanus bacteria, including wounds contaminated with dirt, feces, saliva or caused by an object puncturing the skin, like a nail or needle.
Worker Safety After a Flood
Cleanup of Flood Water
Re-entering Your Home After a Flood
Personal Hygiene and Handwashing After a Disaster
Food and Water Safety
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(CDC)