MOUND CITY, Mo. (AP) –  As flooding from the Missouri river slowly recedes, concerns are being raised about health problems that might await returning residents.

The waters that flooded northwest Missouri for most of the summer are leaving mold spores, rotting vegetation and mental
strain as they recede. Hundreds of people are still waiting to return to their homes and begin cleaning up.

The St. Joseph News-Press reports that Mary Steece, a Red Cross nurse from Alabama, recently warned flood victims at the Mound City recovery center that people walking in the waters have developed horrible sores.

She said people with respiratory illnesses or weakened immune systems should seek help when cleanup begins.

And she warned them not to turn on fans, which can spread the mold spores, and to wear bug spray.



Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press


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