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6 on Health: Tetanus not the only threat when cleaning out flooded debris

6 on Health: Tetanus not the only threat when cleaning out flooded debris

Doctors say Tetanus is not the only threat for those cleaning debris from their homes.

Baptist Hospital's Dr. Ali Osman, M.D., says everyone should stay up-to-date on their Tetanus shots, but other bacteria is lurking in flood waters and debris as well.

"Most of the infections that you're going to end up with is not going to be a tetanus infection," says Osman. "It's staph, strep, MRSA, those are the variety of infections that we see."

He says those cleaning their homes of flood debris are susceptible to illness especially if they are cut, or if their skin is opened in any way while they are cleaning.

That's what happened to Dalton James, a teenager who was helping people clear their homes of flood debris.

James received a wound on his shoulder which got inflected.

"We pulled up carpets for people, took out dressers, bed frames, beds, all that stuff," says James.

Osman says even if you have a Tetanus shot and you receive a cut while cleaning up flood debris, you should still see a doctor, because there's a chance you've encountered another type of bacteria.

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