According to eye witness news 12's website, in an article dated August 8, there's likely to be waste from flooded-out septic systems, at the least, which can be the most dangerous toxin of all in the flood waters. Things such as E-coli and Salmonella, and the parasite that causes Cryptosporidium, can also be floating in flood waters, all of which can also be the cause of serious illnesses and sometimes death in humans. One in particular, Cryptosporidium, is caused by a parasite that can be contracted through the feces of infected animals, usually wild rabbits in particular.
Salmonella, can be carried by snakes, lizards and turtles, which can all be found in flood waters. But because the waters are easily accessible by people, there is more of a chance for the contraction of disease. E-coli, can be transmitted through human feces, as well. So if there are flood waters, most likely there are ruptures in septic systems and once the ground begins to give up the water it can no longer hold, septic systems can contaminate the waters.
Jim Graw, a reporter for Eyewitness News 12, in Wichita Kansas, says, “There's something about water that seems to attract people, and when the flood water moves in you're likely to see people wading through it. They may even be splashing around and playing in it.” In this case we can expect to see a rise in these illnesses that are caused by the listed possibilities above. People would do well to heed the warning, that when there are flood waters, stay out of it as much as you can and for heavens sake, don't let your kids play in it!
According to the news article, A and E Analytical Laboratory's Sara Crumrine was quoted as saying, "I don't want to say put your kids in a bubble, but there certainly is stuff in there that's dangerous,". Recent floods have ravaged the mid west, once again, and some states in the spot light are Missouri and Kansas. Although there have been many states affected by this past week's rash of storms and torrential rain falls, Missouri has endured some record breaking and making amounts and so the threat of dangerous toxic water is pretty high, see the slide show for some up close and personal pictures of the flooding in Missouri.