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Health Advice: Avoid contaminated floodwater

The North Coast Public Health Unit is urging Northern Rivers residents and visitors to avoid unnecessary contact with floodwater. Greg Bell, Acting Director Public Health, said it is important that people treat all floodwater as potentially contaminated. Mr Bell advised people that they should not swim or play in floodwater because of the dangers of contacting diluted sewage, bacteria, chemicals and physical hazards that may be present. “While the risk of infection from contact with floodwater is generally low, it is important to stay away from flood-affected areas and avoid unnecessary contact with mud and floodwaters.” If you cut yourself on something that has been contaminated with floodwater, check with your GP about your tetanus vaccination.

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