After a Storm

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In the days following a hurricane, most flood water eventually recedes (or is removed). But before that happens, keep in mind that standing water can pose significant health risks. “Standing flood water can be a breeding ground for mosquitoes, which carry diseases such as West Nile Virus and encephalitis,” said Jessica Sheehy, infectious diseases physician assistant at Mayo Clinic Health System. “Flood water and standing pools may contain chemicals and sewage, as well.” Sheehy recommends avoiding standing flood water whenever possible. Follow this advice from Sheehy and the Centers for D...

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