The purpose of the Public Health Department is to provide environmental health, nutritional health, community health, emergency preparedness, women and children's health and communicable disease prevention and control services to all Wayne County residents, businesses and visitors so that they can enjoy good health and be safe during emergencies. The Public Health Department is subdivided into two groups: Public Health and Environmental Health.
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The Wayne County Department of Public Health would like you to stay safe during times of severe weather and heavy flooding. Please take a moment to review the following fact sheets on mold and basement flooding.
Contact: Mary Mazur
Aug. 12, 2014
Public Health Advisory: Wayne County Department of Public Health Advises
Precautions for Cleanup of Flooded Basements & Structures
The Wayne County Department of Public Health urges residents to take important health and safety precautions while cleaning flooded basements and structures after storms or other extreme weather events or emergencies, such as the torrential storm experienced on Aug. 11.
WHEN CLEANING FLOODED BASEMENTS & STRUCTURES:
- When inside a flooded basement or building, wear protective gear such as gloves, goggles and boots.
- Hose down the inside of the basement/structure to remove health hazards from possible flood water mud. Shovel out as much mud as possible. Quickly remove the water you use during this cleaning.
- Clean and dry out basement or structure thoroughly within 24 to 48 hours after flooding to help prevent the growth of mold.
- Help the drying process by using fans, air conditioning units and dehumidifiers.
- If flood water did not get behind the structure’s walls, you can reduce the chances of mold and mildew formation in basements and homes by wiping down all flood water-affected surfaces. Use a solution of one cup of liquid household bleach to a gallon of water.
- Never turn power on or off or use an electrical tool or appliance while standing in water.
- Throw away any food that has come in contact with flood waters and dented or damaged canned goods that may have become contaminated.
- Replace any drywall and insulation that has been soaked by flood waters.
- Remove and discard carpeting, rugs, drywall, mattresses, furniture and other items that cannot be washed and disinfected if it is believed that they came in contact with flood water mixed with raw sewage.
- When cleaning, never mix bleach with ammonia or other household cleaners. Mixing bleach or ammonia or other cleaning products can produce dangerous, toxic fumes causing serious injury or even death. Keep windows and doors open to provide fresh air for ventilation during the cleaning process.
- Keep children and pets out of work area. Do not eat, drink, chew gum, or smoke while cleaning.
- Wash cleaning clothes in hot water and detergent separately from family laundry.
- In the weeks and months following clean-up, watch for the growth of mold, which can cause illness. Mold appears as spots that can be many different colors and gives off a musty odor. Mold should be removed immediately with a mixture of one cup bleach (8 oz.) to every gallon of water.
- After clean-up, make sure electrical outlets are safe to use before restoring electrical power.
- Service damaged septic tanks, cesspools, pits and leaching systems as soon as possible. Damaged sewage systems are health hazards.
- Wells providing drinking water to homes and businesses that were infiltrated by flood waters should be pumped out and the water should be tested for purity before drinking. Drinking water contaminated with bacteria and germs can cause illness.
- Stay away from downed power lines and anything that the power lines might be touching. Alert authorities immediately if you see downed power lines, and keep children and pets away from them.
For more information, visit the Wayne County website at www.waynecounty.com or Centers for Disease Control and Prevention webpage at http://emergency.cdc.gov/disasters/floods
If you have questions, call the Environmental Health Division of the Wayne County Department of Public Health at (734) 727-7400.
-The Wayne County Department of Public Health is a division of the Wayne County Department of Health and Human Services-
Summer is here and that means tick and mosquito season is underway. The Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) recently issued a press release advising the public how to protect themselves from mosquitoes and ticks. The Wayne County Department of Public Health (WCDPH) along with MDCH would like to remind residents and healthcare providers in Wayne County of the following educational and disease prevention resources:
Emerging Disease Issues: This site is a great resource for updated surveillance and information for medically important diseases in the state.
- Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever: You may be concerned with the recent news of Ebola Virus outbreaks in West Africa. The WCDPH would like you to stay informed and up to date on all information pertaining to this virus. For more information, check out the Center for Disease Control's official page on Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever.
- Tick Safety: This document will help you practice tick safety. The follow facts and statistics regarding Lyme disease were provided by MDCH:
- Lyme disease is the most commonly occurring tick-borne disease in Michigan.
- It is considered to be an emerging disease, as the blacklegged tick that transmits Lyme disease is spreading within the state.
- In 2013, Michigan experienced a nearly 60% increase in cases of acute Lyme disease, with 165 cases reported, up from 98 in 2012.
- Human case detection remains an important component of surveillance for Lyme disease in Michigan.
Attention healthcare providers, MDCH and WCDPH would like to remind you of the following:
- It is important to report suspected cases of Lyme disease to local public health, particularly when diagnosis is made based on clinical presentation.
- In the early stages of infection, laboratory testing may be negative. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recently published concerns regarding a culture-based diagnostic test for Lyme disease that may be providing false positive results. This memo from MDCH contains the details regarding this test.
- MDCH has developed guidance for Lyme disease case classification that disease investigators can use to identify Lyme disease cases.
- The MDCH Bureau of Laboratories website can help provide comprehensive human diagnostic testing for arboviruses and Lyme disease in Michigan, at no cost beyond specimen shipping.