Rockhampton general practitioner Joan Chamberlain yesterday said she had noticed an increase in the number of skin infections and school sores, particularly in children, since floodwaters ravaged the region last month.
Rockhampton general practitioner Joan Chamberlain yesterday said she had noticed an increase in the number of skin infections and school sores, particularly in children, since floodwaters ravaged the region last month. Chris Ison

Rockhampton's flood ills flow on with buzzing mozzies

AFTER the flood, come the mosquitoes - and after the mosquitoes come the school sores.

Rockhampton general practitioner Joan Chamberlain yesterday said she had noticed an increase in the number of skin infections and school sores, particularly in children, since floodwaters ravaged the region last month.

While Ray Peacock and his family were fortunate enough to dodge any illness, the Depot Hill resident said the mosquitos were horrible.

"There's a lot of mozzies," he said.

"We've got our bug zapper in the middle of the kitchen and we try to shut everything up."

Dr Chamberlain said the moment floodwaters receded, sand flies, mosquitos and midges came out to play.

She said she was also seeing a lot of cases of vomiting and diarrhoea.

"I don't know if it's directly related to the water but it's definitely been going around since the floods," she said.

Dr Chamberlain said dirty flood water could seep into damaged pipes at people's homes, causing issues.

She suggested people boil their water for the first few weeks after floodwaters receded.

It was also important to apply antiseptic cream to any nicks and cuts and cover them.

"It's important to be very, very aware that we're always at risk of skin infection," she said.

"You've got be vigilant with kids."

Rockhampton Regional Council chief executive Evan Pardon yesterday said the town's drinking water underwent strict testing and remained safe to drink.

AVOID FLOOD ILLNESS

Apply antiseptic cream to cuts or wounds and cover

Send kids to school with insect repellent

Try to avoid floodwater, but if you do go wading through it have a good bath afterwards

Boil water for a few weeks after floodwater recedes



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