If we have an autoimmune disease, our immune systems are hyperactive, but we can still succumb to the hazards of flooding and other environmental hazards.
This guest post is written by John Murray who writes for CombatNorovirus.com, the website for Noroclear, which is the only cleaning product proven to combat norovirus and wipe out an extensive range of bugs within 60 seconds of application.The hidden health hazards of flooding
If you have been affected by the recent flooding and extreme weather experienced around the world, one of the last things on your mind would be bacteria and infection. However, it is a subject that needs addressing as few people are aware of the danger of disease in flood water. Indeed, although immune-compromised people build up a strong resistance to illnesses during “flu season”, it’s worth remembering that floods can strike at unlikely times of year, and could bring them into contact with strains of virus and bacteria that they would not normally encounter
Primarily, floods can may be devastating in terms of damage to buildings and other objects that stand in their way, but their waters can also carry a serious threat should they be accidentally ingested. Flood water can contain many different forms of infection and disease, since it comes into contact with a lot of undesirables including sewage and animal waste. These contain high numbers of bacteria that can easily lead to illness.
Dr. Ben Neuman of Reading University in the UK has said that E. Coli and salmonella are the most common forms of bacteria found in flood water as a result of contamination from sewage and farmyard waste.
Flood water that has come into come into contact with human waste can spread norovirus, the winter sickness bug, and Hepatitis A. Dr. Neuman explains that, if ingested, these particular viruses can cause such symptoms as vomiting, stomach pains, temperatures and diarrhea. This comes following his tests on flood water in Moorland, Somerset where he found the water to be carrying bacteria at 100,000 times the rate of drinking water.
It is therefore important to minimize and prevent the spread of these diseases and infections by taking simple precautions. Food and drink that has come into contact with the flood water must not be consumed. Hand-washing plays a pivotal part in in maintaining personal hygiene; ensure that you wash your hands after contact with flood water, before preparing and eating food and after going to the bathroom. This will prevent the spread of bugs and minimize the risk of superbugs affecting the population, not just in the flooded parts of the country.
By following the advice given and taking the precautionary measures, you are more likely to keep yourself and your families free from the risk of infection and disease during these turbulent times.
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