What’s in the Water?

In the aftermath of this week’s historic flooding in South Carolina, parts of the Midlands are still crippled by floodwater. Floodwater can contain harmful bacteria and chemicals. Lexington Medical Center Emergency Medicine physician Todd Crump talked about keeping yourself healthy around floodwater in the below interview on WIS-TV with Dawndy Mercer-Plank. While staying out of floodwater may be impossible in some cases, clinicians are encouraging community members not to wade into the water unless it’s absolutely necessary.

A few takeaways from the interview:
~Floodwater can contain raw sewage, bacteria, parasites, gasoline, animal feces and viruses.
~Hand sanitizer can help to clean a wound if you do not have clean water.
~You cannot see what’s under the water, leading to cuts and wounds when walking through.
~Wounds can become infected. Women could also suffer a pelvic infection after being in floodwater.

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