Health officials warn of Lake Ontario flooding illness risks

Jun 5, 2017

As residents along Lake Ontario try to clean up from this year's flooding, state officials are warning about the health risks the situation poses. 

The Oswego County Health Department is offering resident's free Tdap -- or tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis vaccine -- shots for those affected by the flooding.

Health officials say the flood water and contaminated soil can contain infectious organisms. That's why the New York State Department of Health advises that people wear protective equipment like rubber boots, waterproof gloves and face masks when working in flooded areas.

The Oswego County Health Department has provided protective masks to some of the most affected cities and towns in the county like Mexico and Sandy Creek. It is also offering free test kits so residents can check their wells for bacteria.