Health Tips after Floods
After typhoons, heavy rains and flooding, the potential risk of disease increases, such as water-borne diseases, (e.g. typhoid fever and leptospirosis) and vector-borne diseases (e.g. malaria, dengue).
- Water Make sure drinking water is from a safe source.
- Food Cook food well, dispose food waste properly.
- Personal Hygiene Always wash your hands before eating and after using the toilet.
- Stagnant Water Clear stagnant water in and around the house to prevent mosquito breeding sites.
- Supervision Do not allow children to wade in floodwaters to avoid diseases, such as leptospirosis
- Clean Up Clean up your surroundings and destroy mosquito breeding sites
- Contaminated Food Throw out any food that has come into contact with floodwater, and any food that has perished.
Consult a doctor at once if you or any household member has any sign or symptom of infection.
This will help prevent the spread of infection especially if you are in the evacuation area.