With the likelihood of flooding in Wyoming during the coming months, the Wyoming Department of Health wanted to remind residents to be mindful of potential flood-related health concerns.
Acting State Health Officer, Dr. Tracy Murphy, said that during and after a flood, water can become contaminated. He stated that residents who receive their water from a city or other public water supply should listen for public announcements about water safety and quality if flooding should occur.
Murphy said private wells need to be tested and disinfected after flood waters recede. He also indicated that getting up to date on immunizations may be a good idea for some.
Murphy said that even a small amount of water contaminated by flooding can cause illness, and that people who become ill after drinking contaminated water or contact with flood water should consult a medical professional immediately.
The elderly, children and those with existing health conditions or severely compromised immune systems are at a greater risk of severe illness.