Hurricane Florence brings health concerns for first responders and volunteers

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HAZARD, Ky. (WYMT) - Hurricane Florence will impact the coast with strong winds and heavy rainfall and along with it comes the concern for the health of volunteers and first responders.

Florence is expected to dump more than 20 and in some cases 30 inches of rain, and with this amount of flooding comes health concerns.

Dr. John Jones at Primary Care Center of Eastern Kentucky says, "Hepatitis A will be a problem when you have massive flooding on a scale like this. You are going to have sewer contamination and things like that and that's how it's passed."

He says that taking steps before leaving is the best thing you can do.

Strong winds could sustain at 100 MPH or more, which could likely leave behind damaged homes and businesses.

Dr. Jones says this is another health concern, "Tetanus, there is going to be plenty of debris. So, you're going to have metal objects so you want to make sure you have your tetanus."

Dr. Jones says it is a good idea to get a checkup when you get back from the relief efforts. Any cut or exposure to contaminated water can be extremely dangerous.

He also expressed that you should bring your own food and water, not only because of the limited resources but because the food you will come in contact with will be contaminated.

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