Playing in flood water can pose health hazards

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HARLINGEN, Texas — Many people find creative ways to entertain themselves with flood water but medical experts say it poses a health hazard.

“You see people riding boats and the floodwaters and their kayaks,” Cameron County Health Director, Dr. James Castillo said via a Zoom interview with KVEO-TV describing the activities that captured on videos shared on social media.

“We see it all the time after it floods or rains but its definitely not safe,” he added.

While the activities may look like fun at first he says they can be dangerous.

“To actually submerge yourself to it or be stepping around in it is definitely a health hazard,” Dr. Castillo explained.

He says bacteria floating in the water is not only hazardous but the possibility of debris and rodents can also be a danger.

“Even if you have a little cut or something like that,” he said. “A wound in that water can turn into a really serious infection.”

If you come in contact with the water its recommended to wash the areas properly with soap and water.

“The flood water is standing water for mosquitoes, they may use it for breeding. Be mindful and avoid getting bit by mosquitoes, we still have other illnesses,” he said.

Parents are also recommended to not allow their children to play in the flood water.

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