July 1, 2010
Health officials are offering the following health-related precautions for
people in areas where heavy rains may have occurred as a result of Hurricane
- Standing water after floods is a breeding place for mosquitoes. Drain all
standing water and empty water from outdoor items such as old tires, cans and
flower pot bases.
- Protect yourself with an insect repellent that contains DEET, picaridin, oil
of lemon eucalyptus or IR3535. Always follow label directions.
- Make sure door, porch and window screens are in good condition.
- Drink plenty of fluids while working outside.
- Take frequent breaks to conserve energy and avoid heat stress.
- People with heart conditions and other illnesses should avoid strenuous
- At the first signs of heat illness – dizziness, heavy sweating, nausea,
headaches, muscle cramps – move to a cooler location, rest and slowly drink a
cool liquid. Seek medical attention immediately if conditions do not approve.
- Snakes, bats and other wildlife may seek shelter in trees, homes and
vehicles. They are often injured in heavy rains and winds. Do not handle any
- Seek immediate treatment if bitten or injured by an animal. Beware of
Hygiene and Injuries
- Wash hands frequently with soap and water during cleanup, especially before
- Wear shoes in post-flood areas to reduce the chances of punctures or cuts
from nails and other sharp contaminated objects.
- Persons with puncture wounds or cuts exposed to flood water could be at risk
of contracting tetanus and may need to have a tetanus shot to prevent infection.
- Do not allow children to play in or near flood water or storm drains.
Lack of Electricity
- Those without electricity should use extreme caution with generators and
other carbon monoxide producing devices.
- To prevent carbon monoxide poisoning, do not burn charcoal or use
gasoline-powered generators or pumps indoors.
(News Media Contact: Carrie Williams, DSHS
Acting Press Officer, 512-458-7119.)
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