This week's intense rainfall has left many people with unwanted standing pools of water.


The Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato is urging people to use caution.

Infectious disease specialists warn that standing floodwater can collect hazardous bacteria.

Risks include chemical hazards and infectious diseases, such as E-coli.

Physicians suggest removing any collected pools of water outside, in places like planters or tires.

Those items can serve as a breeding ground for mosquitoes, which can carry diseases like West Nile virus and Encephalitis.


Infectious Disease Specialist for for the Mayo clinic Health System Jessica Sheehy told KEYC, " If you see your kids playing out in the water just make sure they get washed off very good before they come in the house.  Any toys that they may have need to be disinfected. People that have open wounds should stay away from the standing water just because you're at an increased risk at developing infections throughout those areas."


Physicians also suggested that any food that comes into contact with floodwater should be thrown away in case of contamination.