Department Of Health Advises New Mexicans: Avoid Standing Water

Sep 16, 2013

The New Mexico Department of Health advises New Mexicans to be aware of the hazards of standing water. 

Flood water and standing water pose various risks, including infectious diseases, chemical hazards, and injuries. Be aware flood water may contain sewage.

Flood waters may also contain sharp objects, such as glass or metal fragments, that can cause injury and lead to infection. 

The heavy rain has left large amounts of standing water throughout the state, and with rain forecasted to continue this week, excess water is expected to be slow to evaporate.

Protect yourself and your family by following these steps:

Animal and Insect Bites

Flood waters can displace animals, insects, and reptiles. Be alert and avoid contact.  Mosquitoes may be present in areas with standing pools of water.  Wear long sleeved clothing, pants and boots when outdoors.  Use mosquito repellant to protect yourself against bites. 

Water and Food Safety

Eating or drinking anything contaminated by flood water can cause diarrheal disease. To protect yourself and your family:

  • Do not allow children to play in flood water areas.
  • Practice good hygiene (hand washing) after contact with flood waters. Keeping hands clean during an emergency helps prevent the spread of germs. If your tap water is not safe to use, wash your hands with soap and water that has been boiled.
  • Wash children's hands frequently (always before meals).
  • Do not allow children to play with toys that have been contaminated by flood water and have not been disinfected.

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