Te Mana Hauora O Te Tairawhiti
23 September 2015
In light of the extensive flooding this week in the Tairāwhiti district and the clean-up activities that are currently underway, Hauora Tairāwhiti reminds people to take extra care with their hygiene
Flood waters are naturally full of silt and debris that may carry the causes of some kinds of diarrhoea. However outbreaks of disease are uncommon after floods.
Do not allow children to play in flood-affected areas, until the clean-up is complete. If children have been in flood affected areas make sure that they wash their hands well and change their clothes afterwards.
After being in a flood affected area remove your boots before going inside, wash hands and then shower and wash any affected clothes.
If you have any cuts or wounds which were exposed to flood-affected waters to prevent infection thoroughly clean them by washing well with soap and water. Check with your GP, as you may need a tetanus booster. If a wound becomes red or swollen or oozing seek medical attention.
Immunisations, other than a tetanus booster for wounds, are not required.
After a flood people should not swim or paddle in the water or collect shellfish until the Council have advised that this is safe.
Do not eat any food that may have come into contact with flood water. Discard foods which have been in the refrigerator without power that have de-frosted.
An Environmental Health Officer at Gisborne District Council Phone- 06 867 2049
A Health Protection Officer at Hauora Tairāwhiti, Population Health 06 869 0500