Transcript for Houston health officials warn about slight uptick in diseases after Harvey
Thank you, deb. The lingering threats for the victims of these hurricanes. Recently a woman died from flesh eating bacteria. Officials urging them to take precautions. Gio Benitez has the details. Reporter: After the devastation all that water has caused, now county health officials going door to door warning homeowners about the dangers still lurking. We say when it doubt throw it out or tear it out. Reporter: The director of Harris county public health tells ABC news they're seeing a slight increase in flood water related illnesses. We have had this increase that makes us concerned. Reporter: More than 100 public health employees handing out cleaning supplies. I want to make sure you are taking care of yourselves. Reporter: During Harvey more than 160,000 homes mostly in the highlighted areas were damaged or destroyed. Days after the storm "Gma" asking Texas a and M to test the flood waters. In the small sample coli 125 times the amount the EPA recommends. It contains sewage and run off. All sorts of disease causing bacteria that could at the end of the day make somebody sick. Reporter: J.R. Atkins knows how serious that is. I ended up in the hospital five days and had three surgeries done. Reporter: His skin was exposed to Harvey flood water. This is life and limb threatenin I could have died from it. I almost did. Harvey hit us where we live, learn, work and worship. Our job is build a healthier community. Dr. Shaw said we'll keep seeing situation for sometime. He suggested people use gloves and masks and just because the water is gone doesn't mean the danger is gone. Thanks so much. Let's go outside to rob.
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