Health Experts Offer Flood-Cleanup Information

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As Iowans recover from the 2008 flood, a collaborative effort between the University Hygienic Laboratory (UHL) and the University of Iowa College of Public Health (CPH) is helping inform Iowans of the serious public health risks associated with flood cleanup.

"From a public health standpoint, the flood cleanup phase is a very dangerous and serious situation," said James Merchant, dean of the UI College of Public Health. "During this time, there needs to be an emphasis on adequate protection and awareness of public health hazards."

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CPH and UHL experts are addressing flood recovery topics through informational materials presented to the media and the public. A set of public health fact sheets on water quality, infectious disease, mold, environmental hazards, mental health, injury prevention and fraud are available at www.uiowa.edu .

Videos on coping with the stress of a natural disaster and assessing the safety of well water are also available on the site.

"The flood of 2008 left many Iowans with the daunting job of cleanup and rebuilding their homes," said Christopher Atchison, UHL director. "Our goal in providing this flood-related information is to help guide people through the public health risks they might face as they work."

Planned future topics for the site include preparedness for future storms, tracking the rate of illness following a flood, and mold cleanup.

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