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The Florida Department of Health in Hernando County reminds residents of health risks after Hurricane Idalia.

Sanitation and Hygiene: Preventing Waterborne Illness

Basic hygiene is very important during this emergency period. Always wash your hands with soap and water.

Flood water may contain fecal matter from sewage systems, agricultural and industrial waste and septic tanks or hidden dangers that may cut or injure. Do not allow children to play in the water.

Post Flood Clean-up Clean up debris carefully to avoid injury and contamination. Chainsaws should only be operated in safe conditions (not in water soaked areas) and by people who are experienced in proper use.

Lift heavy debris by bending knees and using legs to help lift. Wear shoes to avoid injury to the feet from glass, nails or other sharp objects.

Be alert to wildlife (snakes, alligators, etc.) that may have been displaced as a result of the flood or storm. If you see a snake or other wildlife, back away from it slowly and do not touch it.

More information on Hernando County's response to Hurricane Idalia


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