Tony Katz Today
Health Dangers Lurk in Wake of Hurricane Harvey
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After five days of catastrophic flooding, Houston is just beginning to assess the extensive destruction Hurricane Harvey left in its wake, but even after Harvey’s floodwaters recede, health risks remain.
After Katrina, there were several cases of skin infections from staphylococcus, including an antibiotic-resistant staphylococcus, called methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus or MRSA. Additionally, more than 20 illnesses and five deaths were caused by wounds contaminated with vibrio vulnificus, a type of flesh-eating bacteria that can be found along the Gulf Coast.
When you talk about what's in the water? Horrible things. The flood water mixes with everything below it. We've got raw sewage, we've got pesticides that got picked up from the grass. We have industrial chemicals that have been spilled. There are snakes. We've seen several copperheads. There are alligators, spiders, it's a mess and extremely dangerous.
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