Dorchester County urging residents to stay out of storm water

Anna Wilson, Madi Kois, Wesli Jones
Anna Wilson, center, laughs as she plays with friends Madi Kois, left, and Wesli Jones on a flooded street in Charleston, S.C., Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015. Rain pummeling parts of the East Coast showed little sign of slackening Saturday, with record-setting precipitation prolonging the soppy misery that has been eased only by news that powerful Hurricane Joaquin will not hit the U.S. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

SUMMERVILLE, SC – Dorchester County urging residents to stay out of storm water. Citizens should take precautions to stay out of all flood waters. Do not let children or pets play in the water.

Bacteria in the flood water known as fecal coliform can cause symptoms such as stomachache, fever, vomiting and diarrhea.

Those exposed to fecal coliform (bacteria) can become ill if they have an open cut, wound, or scrape that comes into contact with contaminated water.

Symptoms include fever, redness and swelling at the site of an open wound. If these symptoms occur, a doctor should be consulted.

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