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Dare County: Don’t play in flood water

The Dare County Department of Health & Human Services is issuing a public health advisory due to the recent rain large amounts of rain and flooding.  In order to protect your health, it is important that you follow these public health guidelines:

  • Avoid contact with flood water which may contain fecal material from overflowing sewage systems and other hidden hazards such as debris.

  • Do not walk in or play in flooded areas especially in bare feet or flimsy footwear.  You may be at risk for possible infection or injury from flood waters. If you do come into contact with flood water, wash exposed skin thoroughly with soap and safe water.  Keep any open cuts or sores as clean as possible by washing thoroughly with soap to control infection. If a wound develops redness, swelling, or drainage, seek medical attention immediately. If you have not had a tetanus booster shot in the past 5 years, contact your private medical provider or the Dare County Department of Health & Human Services.

  • Do not allow children to play in flood water areas, wash children’s hands frequently (especially before meals), and do not allow children to play with flood-water contaminated toys that have not been disinfected. You can disinfect toys using a solution of 1 cup of bleach in 5 gallons of water.

For more information, please contact the Dare County Department of Health & Human Services’ Public Health Division at 252.475.5003 or 252.475.5080.

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