May 25, 2011 6:54 PM by Katy Harris (KAJ News)
KALISPELL- The rising waters and flooding in Montana cause obvious damage to homes and property, but can also take a toll on your health.
The Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services is warning the public about flood waters containing microbes that can cause illness such as E-Coli, salmonella, hepatitis A, typhoid, and tetanus.
Flood waters can effect sewage systems, agricultural or industrial chemicals and water purification and anyone working in flooded areas should have a current tetanus immunization.
Hand washing with soap in clean, running, water is the best defense against contaminated flood water.