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Water tests coming back positive for contamination; Six steps to be safe:

Water tests coming back positive for contamination; Six steps to be safe:

(Fremont County, Wyo.) - The first batch of test reports from water well test kits has been showing contamination, the Fremont County Public Health Office said today. To prevent incidence of disease, public health recommends the following actions: • Tetanus can be more widespread in warm, wet conditions. Workers and volunteers involved in flood mitigation or flood clean-up efforts may be at higher risk for injury and should see if they are up to date with their tetanus immunization. If your tetanus vaccine is older than 5 years, or you don’t remember when your last vaccine was given, it is a good idea to receive a booster. Tetanus vaccine is available at Fremont County Public Health, your private physician’s office or many of the local pharmacies (for adults). • Floodwaters may contain bacteria from human and animal waste. It is important to remember to wash your hands with clean, safe, warm soapy water after contact with flood waters or contaminated materials. • Hard items such as cooking utensils, toys, hard-shelled furniture, etc. can be disinfected with one tablespoon household chlorine bleach to one gallon of water. This includes food items that have been sealed, such as canned goods. Wipe down with bleach solution and allow to air dry. • Furniture, soft toys, pillows, floor coverings such as carpet, will need to be discarded, if they were in contact with flood waters. • Mold can grow within 12 to 24 hours after a flood. It may be visible or invisible and only detected by an odor. Mold can cause allergic or respiratory symptoms in sensitive people. Public Health suggests wearing respiratory masks while cleaning up in moldy, dirty, dusty conditions. High efficiency masks can be found at home improvement or hardware stores, usually in the painting department. • Standing water left by a flood can make mosquito numbers rise. Other insects such as wasps may also become more aggressive. Wear insect repellent containing DEET, with long sleeves and pants to avoid insect bites. • For residents affected by the flood water, public health recommends having your well or cistern tested. Testing kits are now available at: -- Fremont County Public Health 450 North 2 nd Room 350 in Lander, -- 322 North 8 th West in Riverton, -- Lower Wind River Conservation Office located at 508 North Broadway in Riverton, -- Popo Agie Conservation Office located at 221 South 2 nd Street in Lander, -- Sage West hospital in Lander is currently closed to in-patient care, but can assist with well water kits and processing. Bottled or boiled water should be used, until well water testing has been completed. #county10 #news