One Dead, 10 Sick From Flood Related Illness In QLD
One person is dead and another 10 are sick from flood-related illnesses in Townsville following a once-in-a-century monsoonal deluge.
The cause is melioidosis, which stems from floodwaters that are heavily contaminated with dirt and bacteria, Queensland Health's Julie Mudd says in a statement on Tuesday.
North Queensland is in the grip of another major emergency tonight after the death of a Townsville resident from soil born disease Melioidosis. It comes amid further health concerns for flood affected farmers in the North West, as they begin to bury livestock. @JohnpaulGonzo pic.twitter.com/uU3NkXbRpK— 10 News First Queensland (@10NewsFirstQLD) February 12, 2019
"Given the scale of the flooding we are expecting to see increasing numbers of a range of infections, not just melioidosis," Dr Mudd said.
Melioidosis and many infections that stem from flooding can more severely affect people who are unwell or elderly or have existing chronic conditions, she warned.
Floodwater is heavily contaminated with dirt and bacteria so people are being warned to ensure it doesn't get into the body through cuts and scratches.
Two men drowned at the peak of the floods in Townsville and police are still searching for a 35-year-old man who disappeared in floodwaters at Groper Creek on Friday.