Diseases Control Dpt warns of four water-borne diseases in flooded areas

People living in 12 flood-affected provinces in the lower northern and upper central regions have been warned of four water-borne diseases namely pink eyes, Athlete’s foot, diarrhea and infection.

Noting that the four water-borne diseases often come with flooding, Diseases Control Department director-general Dr Suwanchai  Wattanayingcharoenchai suggested Thursday that people in the flooded-areas should refrain from  swimming or wading in the flood water for too long as they would unnecessarily expose to diarrhea, pink eyes, Athlete’s foot or infection

Moreover, he said they would run the risk of bites from poisonous insects such as scorpion or centipede as well as electric shock.

Since the beginning of this year, the department recorded more than 85,000 cases of pink eyes, over 770,000 cases of diarrhea with one fatality.  Those infected with diarrhea normally experience fever, nausea, abdominal cramps and loose or watery stools.

If it is necessary to wade through flood water, Dr Suwanchai said one should wear rubber boots to protect their feet from the polluted flood water or to wash and dry their feet after they waded through the flood water.