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Standing water could be a health concern

Published On: Sep 17 2013 07:16:04 PM CDT

Standing water can pose health risks, so public health officials offer tips on how to protect yourself.


Homeowners affected by the floods are not only dealing with the messy aftermath, they're also facing possible health risks stemming from standing water.

According to the El Paso County Health Department, the water can have all kinds of bacteria and even chemicals. Public Health Director Jill Law suggests getting a tetanus shot before starting the clean-up process and wearing protective gear.

"It's very, very important that people think of wearing proper equipment when they start to do their home clean-up," she said. "Certainly boots, or rubber boots, long sleeves, long pants, gloves. I really even recommend eye protection as well."

She said it's also important to keep kids away from the water.

"I highly, highly discourage families having children help do cleanup," she said. "This is really adult work or older adolescent work."

The West Nile Virus is also a concern because of all the standing water. Health experts said it's not as concerning as it would be in July or August, because mosquito season is starting to wind down. Still, they recommend following the four D's - drain standing water, use DEET-based bug repellent, dress appropriately and be extra caution around dusk and dawn.


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