AgriSafe Network advises the following precautions which should be taken during recovery after a flood. Floodwater is generally contaminated by various pollutants: sewage, human and animal feces, pesticides and insecticides, fertilizers, oil, asbestos, rusting building materials, and so forth. Although public attention is focused on the risk of physical property destruction caused by floods, it is strongly suggested that each of us remembers and practices some basic precautions to prevent possible diseases and injuries during and after flooding, to maintain good health during the aftermath of floods. To that end, here is a brief list of health risks that farmers, ranchers and those living in rural areas should pay special attention to. AgriSafe will continue to update this page as resources become available.
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