A Flood can devastate homes, commercial buildings, agricultural sites and other physical properties. However, the aftermath of a flood also a threat to health and safety. Although the public attention is normally paid to the destruction of physical property, caused by flood, each of us needs to remember and practices some basic precautions to prevent possible diseases and injuries after flooding and to maintain good health during the repercussions of floods.
The Ministry of Infrastructure, Housing and Planning, in collaboration with the Public Works Department, would like to remind the general public that Front Street in Grand Turk, spanning from the corner of the LIME building to the corner of the Tourist Board Office, is hereby closed to vehicular traffic until further notice. The street has sustained some damage due to the rough seas as a result of the passing of Hurricane Joaquin.
The Ministry of Health, Agriculture and Human Services call on the Public to be vigilant as we are approaching the winter season and to observe good personal, food and environmental hygiene! Some of the common diseases which can immerge in this time are:
The flu is a respiratory illness which spreads from person to person through cough, sneezes and even general talking. It is possible to contract the flu by touching a surface infected with flu virus.
Norovirus causes stomach inflammation with vomiting and diarrhoea. It is highly infectious. You can become infected with norovirus by accidentally getting stool or vomit from infected people into your mouth. This usually happens by:
- Eating food or drinking liquids that are contaminated with norovirus,
- Touching surfaces or objects contaminated with norovirus then putting your fingers in your mouth.
- Having contact with someone who is infected with norovirus (for example, caring for or sharing food or eating utensils with someone with norovirus illness).