There are gastro symptoms presenting in the community which is likely due to contaminated flood waters including the residual silt on the ground. For information on how to stay well and maintain hygiene under a Boil Water Notice visit - https://bit.ly/3Z0peA7
It's imperative that you continue to boil water in Waipawa, Otāne and Waipukurau.
Flood waters have deposited large quantities of silt around Hawke’s Bay.
When the silt dries the surface layer can become airborne when disturbed by wind, vehicles or clean-up activities.
Airborne dust can affect people’s health and cause eye irritations, a cough, exacerbate asthma or lead to other respiratory problems. Silt may also contain other toxic substances.
If practical, remove silt deposits as quickly as possible and take the following precautions:
Te Whatu Ora have produced a helpful information sheet on returning home after a flood, which you can access here.
Floodwater can carry bacteria that can contaminate food.
Maintaining hygiene around food preparation and cooking is really important, as surfaces and utensils may have been contaminated during the flood.
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