• Treat all floodwater as potentially contaminated with sewage
  • Keep children away from flood-affected areas and avoid unnecessary contact with mud and floodwaters. Ensure feet are covered if they are likely to come into contact with mud and always wear gloves when handling flood-affected items or mud.
  • Always wash your hands thoroughly with soap and clean water or with an alcohol-based hand cleanser:
    • after handling flood-affected items;
    • when participating in flood clean-up activities;
    • immediately after going to the toilet; and
    • before handling or eating food.
  • Only use clean eating utensils, toothbrushes, towels or handkerchiefs.
  • All cuts and abrasions should be cleaned, treated with antiseptic and covered immediately. Seek immediate medical attention if you have deep or puncture wounds, or if any wounds develop redness or swelling. Check whether you are up-to-date with your tetanus vaccinations.
  • To avoid being bitten by mosquitoes, use an insect repellent on exposed skin areas and reapply every two hours. Cover up as much as possible with light-coloured loose-fitting clothing.
  • Contact your GP if you are concerned about your health.
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Page Updated: Thursday 8 November 2012