(WGEM) - As flood waters still linger around the tri-states, the Adams County Health Department has a message about your safety
Flood water can carry bacteria and other contaminants that can cause disease and illness - especially when the flooding is caused by sewage.
Adams County Health Department Registered Nurse Karen Spring says you need to take extra precautions if you have to get in it.
"You want to make sure that you wear gloves. And as soon as you're finished cleaning up make sure that you wash your hands properly. You probably would want to wear rubber boots to protect your feet from any kind of cuts," said Spring.
Spring says there is more in and under the water than just the mud and the muck you see.
All kinds of bacteria and debris are floating around in there that can injure you or make you sick.
Spring says it's important to be updated on your vaccinations if you get a cut.
"If you do have a cut or an abrasion from some piece of debris from the storm, you want to make sure that your tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis immunization is up do date," said Spring.
Spring says the water can be hazardous long after the waterlines recede.
"Mold is another type of disease that can cause respiratory problems and that can be very severe."
The health department says any drywall or object that's been soaked in flood water for more than twenty-four hours needs to be thrown out.
Wash all surfaces with hot water and laundry or dish detergent and wash your hands thoroughly with soap and warm water.
And wash all clothes you wore during the cleanup with hot water and detergent, separately from any uncontaminated clothing.
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