Health Advice on Exposure to Flood Water

Dr Richard Othieno, Consultant, Public Health, NHS Lothian, said:

"We have sent out a note to all GPs with advice on the health risks associated with flooding.
"Risks to the public are very low. Although flood waters may be contaminated with sewage or other waste, any harmful bugs in the water are usually only present in small quantities.
"If you have to be in contact with flood water, for instance when clearing up, please ensure you protect any open cuts or wounds and wear protective clothing (waterproof boots and gloves). After cleaning up, please make sure you wash your hands rigorously with soap and clean water.
"Children should not be allowed to play in flood waters and should be encouraged or helped to wash hands frequently if they have been in contact with flood water. Floodwater-contaminated toys should be washed with hot water and detergent or disinfected before being given back to children for use.
"If you have any health concerns after exposure to flood waters, please contact your GP or NHS 24 on 0845 4242424."
14/08/2008