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General Health Issues

  • Wash hands with soap and water that has been boiled or disinfected.
  • If you have any open cuts or sores that will be exposed to floodwaters, keep them as clean as possible by washing with soap and applying an antibiotic ointment to prevent infection.
  • If any open wounds contact contaminated water, see your physician to be evaluated.
  • Excessive rain and floods are breeding grounds for mosquitoes. Wear clothes with long sleeves and long pants and use insect repellent with DEET.
Remove all standing water as soon as possible.

DHSS is coordinating preparedness efforts closely with federal and state agencies. Residents should monitor local radio and television stations for weather conditions and emergency updates.