TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - As volunteers in the Wabash Valley work to forestall flood waters, scientists are warning about the dangers of the waters themselves.
Dr. Kathleen Dannelly, an assistant professor of microbiology at Indiana State University, warns that the water could contain animal waste, dangerous toxins, bacteria and sewage.
"As it moves across the surface of the land, it's going to pick up whatever's there," Dannelly said. "When you have farmers as we do, it's going to pick up the (animal) feces that are present on these farms, and so you're going to end up with these feces in the water."
Authorities warn that accidentally ingesting flood water can cause serious illnesses.
"Feces with salmonella would have millions of organisms … if you only require ingesting 20 organisms, it would take a very small drop of water," Dannelly said. "You could just touch your hand to your mouth and that would be enough to infect you."
To avoid such illness, Dannelly recommends washing hands after working in flood water. She also suggests avoiding touching your face after working in flooding.
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