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by Paul Kerstein

Toxic Floodwater Causes Concerns

Sep 08, 20051 min
CSO and CISOData and Information Security

Concerns are growing about the risks of toxic floodwaters in NewOrleans as officials brace for what could be a staggering death toll.An Associated Press article on Boston.comreports that rescue efforts have been ramped up to completely evacuatethe city because floodwaters are thick with sewage-related bacteriathat are at least 10 times higher than acceptable safety limits. Themuck contains E. coli, certain viruses and a type of cholera-likebacteria. The danger of infection wasn’t limited to the New Orleansarea. The bacteria is feared to have migrated to crowded sheltersoutside the state, where many evacuees are staying. Four deaths – onein Texas, three in Mississippi – have been attributed to woundinfections, said Tom Skinner, spokesman for the CDC. Read more.