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Nov 4, 2022

You Should Also Be Concerned About Contaminated Food After a Hurricane

John Bodden

But water safety is not the only thing we need to worry about after a storm. According to Bodden, aside from trying to avoid mosquitoes that will be attracted to stagnant water, and the diseases they can infect us with, the food we eat can also be contaminated by its surroundings.

 

John Bodden, Principal Public Health Inspector

“This is probably something that is very relatable to Belize City at the moment where there is no power. And of course it’s food safety and many of us may have had food in the refrigerator but unfortunately there is no power to keep the food safe. So we ask you to consume whatever is safe at this time before they get thawed out and get hot because we know cold food must be maintained at the appropriate temperature. So we advise you that if you have had food in the refrigerator and it’s losing its temperature that you prepare it and consume it before it goes off. Secondly, if it has been exposed to contaminated water then those are things we would not want you to use so we advise that food that has been exposed to contaminated water for you to discard it and not use it. And this is for the children because in most cases children find water that is settling around to be of interest to them and they would want to play in it and even some people sometimes adults would want to walk in them. But it is possible for you to be infected with some form of infectious disease because flood waters come from any place. Sometimes we have septic tank, latrine toilets that have made contact with these waters and so it is a site for the transmission of disease. And of course they could be in contact with some type of chemicals that are lingering within the neighbourhood. So we ask people not to walk barefooted especially if they have wounds because these wounds would then be infected by whatever virus is within the water itself, so we want to advise parents to keep their children out of these waters because they are most likely contaminated.”


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