Flooding Advice From DHSSPS

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Flooding Advice

The floodwater affecting your home or other property may have been contaminated with sewage, animal waste and other contaminants and often leaves a muddy deposit.

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However, experience from previous flooding and sewage contamination has shown that any risk to health is small. Booster immunisations or antibiotics are not usually required. Harmful gut bacteria such as E. coli O157 may be present in sewage and animal slurry, and this can pass into flood water, although there is likely to be substantial dilution and therefore the risk to health is low.

There are a few precautions to be aware of when dealing with flooding which should prevent unnecessary additional health problems:

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