Source – Countless people have waded through these floodwaters,” said CNN’s senior medical correspondent Elizabeth Cohen, “some for hours. Now the question is: What’s in it? Alligators, hordes of fire ants and some things you can’t see.”
A senior scientist from a Houston water testing lab took samples of the water, telling Cohen they expect to find “various bacteria that are sewage-related” like E. coli and fecal strep, harmful chemicals like heavy metals — including arsenic, lead and cadmium — that may have escaped from any of the toxic industrial sites in and around Houston.
A physician told Cohen that in addition to fecal bacteria, the water could be contaminated with Vibrio vulnificus, the bacteria that can lead to necrotizing fasciitis, the so called “flesh-eating” disease.
I’ve often said the end of the world will be born in a gas station bathroom or in the water and unfortunately, it looks like I’m batting .500