Flood waters contaminated with sewage may carry a range of viruses, bacteria and parasites. While the risk of infection from contact with floodwater is generally low, the following measures will help minimise the risk:

  • Wash hands thoroughly after contact with floodwater or items contaminated by floodwater.
  • Wear protective clothing such as boots and gloves when you know you will be in contact with floodwater or handling contaminated items.
  • Cover cuts and abrasions and ensure they don't come into contact with floodwater or contaminated items.
If you cut yourself on something that has been contaminated with floodwater, it is important to check with your GP about whether you need to receive a tetanus vaccination.
Contact your GP if you are concerned about your health or wish to review your vaccination status.
Page Updated: Thursday 17 November 2016