Many health concerns have been raised following the devastating floods that hurricane Harvey brought to Texas. Civilians and first responders have been wading through debris ridden flood waters which increase the possibility of disaster-related injuries. Due to the contaminated flood water, the risk of exposure to higher levels of bacteria that is normal is increased.
Because of these conditions, questions have been raised about the increased risk of contracting tetanus from wounds sustained in flood waters. According to CDC press officer Kristen Nordlund,” exposure to flood waters does not increase the risk of tetanus.” Michael Osterholm, Ph.D., PMH states that the idea that flooding and floating sharp objects in the flood waters increase the risk of tetanus is an old wives’ … read more