Rain Brings Health Threats

Wednesday, June 27th 2007, 10:48 am
By: News On 6

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- The heavy rains and flooding across Oklahoma have health officials warning residents of health threats. Mosquitos are a top concern because they carry diseases such as West Nile virus and breed in water.

Standing water should be removed and stocking ponds with fish can help control the mosquito population.

Standing water can also be contaminated with bacteria, chemicals and other substances and should be avoided.

The moisture can also cause mold to grow, especially in older buildings. The mold can trigger allergies and dehumidifiers can help control the growth.