Health important in flood clean-up

IPSWICH residents have been urged to take care of their health while cleaning up after the devastating flood.

As the clean-up continues, residents and volunteers must keep in mind the health risks associated with post-flood conditions.

UQ Health Care GP, Dr Simon Barnett advised those cleaning up to wear protective clothing and be aware of increased mosquito activity.

“Closed-in shoes, long pants, long sleeves and gloves should be worn to protect against tetanus, and if people have any cuts or abrasions that have come into contact with the floodwater, it is important they ensure that their tetanus immunisations are also up-to-date,” Dr Barnett said.

Dr Barnett said any food that had been in contact with floodwater or went unrefrigerated for more than 24 hours should be disposed of.

Residents are also advised to tip out any stagnate pools of water, common in outside buckets or containers, to try and prevent mosquitos breeding.



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