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Flooding leads to increased skin, respiratory and GI infections

HOUSTON, TEXAS (September12, 2017)

The floodwater has receded, but chances of getting sick from it are still very high. The piles of debris once soaked with contaminated water are holding mold and bacteria and can cause you to become ill just by breathing in the mold spores. In fact, emergency rooms all over Houston are busy with doctors seeing an increase in respiratory, skin and gastrointestinal infections thanks to floodwater. "Necrotizing Fasciitis commonly called flesh-eating bacteria where the infection really starts advancing really fast," explains Dr. Luis Ostrosky, Infectious Disease Specialist with Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center and UTHealth. The doctor also says if you have a wound after being in floodwater that is red and producing puss it may be infected, so see a doctor immediately.

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