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Concerns Of Possible Diseases In Items Damaged by Hurricane

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ALAMO--A warning about possible diseases from items damaged by floodwaters during Hurricane Harvey.
     They could be carrying MRSA. Right now, the Hidalgo County Health Director Eddie Olivares said there are no cases in the valley, but it's a concern statewide.
     Secondhand items from anywhere including flea markets, Craigslist, or social media could be from a place in the state where flooding occurred from Hurricane Harvey.
     In Houston, at least two cases of flesh eating bacteria emerged following Hurricane Harvey.
     Shoppers at the Alamo Flea Market said they are cautious before handling any items.
     "As a matter of fact, yeah, basically whenever I buy anything else furniture wise, yeah I would probably go and wipe it down," Santos Olivares said.
     "Of course. Yeah, all the time because you don't know who's used it or who's touched it, or where it's been," said Vanessa Flores.
     Flores said she and her husband have seen people selling vehicles on Facebook with water damage from Hurricane Harvey.She says she is concerned about items being sold down here that may have a dangerous bacteria.
     "We were hearing that the water was staying on the roads has septic contamination, so I wouldn't want to buy anything coming from over there that has that kind of stuff on it," said Flores.
     Flores said she does occassionally buy items for her kids here at the Alamo flea market. She said she washes every item thoroughly. She said she will be even more cautious.
     "We have kids, so it's not safe to bring something in we're not familiar with," said Flores.
     Eddie Olivares encourages the community to use a bleach solution or disinfectant on any items purchased from unknown origins, especially if you know it came from a flood prone area of the state.
     According to the CDC, sometimes people with MRSA skin infections first think they have a spider bite.
     Symptoms include a bump that might be red, swollen, warm to the touch, and could be accompanied by a fever.

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