How to protect yourself from deadly health hazards of La Niña

La Niña is a weather phenomena characterized by unusually cold ocean temperature in the Equatorial Pacific which causes increased numbers of tropical storms in the Pacific Ocean.

Health Effects

  • Disease related to contaminated water due to flooding, such as acute gastroenteritis, typhoid fever, cholera and hepatitis A.
  • Disease related to wading in floodwaters contaminated with urine of infected animals, such as leptospirosis.
  • Disease brought by mosquitoes, such as dengue and malaria.
  • Accidents and injuries such as contusions, lacerations, fractures, electrocution.

Prevention

  • Boil your drinking water (Upon reaching boiling point, extend boiling for two or more minutes) or Do water chlorination
  • Wash hands before preparing food and after using the toilet.
  • Avoid wading in floodwater. If you must, wear rubber boots.
  • Clean-up all possible mosquito breeding sites, such as vases, empty coconut shells, old tires and tin cans.

What to Do In Case of Flood

  • Stay inside a house or building during heavy rains.
  • Avoid wading and taking baths in floodwaters.
  • When a flood advisory is issued, residents in low lying areas should seek for higher grounds.
  • Avoid crossing low-lying areas and bridges during evacuation.

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Source: Department of Health

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