Raw sewage poses a significant health threat to humans and animals. If you experience a sewage backup in your home, contact a plumbing company immediately for assistance. Pathogens such as bacteria, parasites, and viruses can enter the body through the eyes, nose, mouth, or any open wounds on the skin. Professional remediation is required to minimize both the damage to your home and the health hazards to your family.

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Bacteria
Raw sewage contains many varieties of bacteria. These bacteria include Campylobacter, E. coli, Leptospira, and Salmonella. Bacterial infection often causes symptoms such as fever, vomiting, abdominal pain, and diarrhea. While some infections are mild and will disappear on their own, others can be severe and require medical treatment.

Parasites
Parasites can live in the untreated wastewater flushed from your plumbing for years. Cryptosporidium parvum causes cryptosporidiosis, the most frequently encountered water-borne illness found the United States. Symptoms include abdominal cramping, diarrhea, and upset stomach. Giardia intestinalis is another commonly found parasite that causes similar gastrointestinal distress.

Viruses
Viral infections resulting from sewage exposure range from mild to severe. Gastroenteritis, or the stomach flu, can be contracted from untreated wastewater. Hepatitis A and B can cause chronic infection and liver problems. Encephalitis infection causes severe health complications in infants or the elderly, and is contracted from mosquitoes hatched from eggs laid in contaminated water.

Mold
Standing water encourages the growth of mold. Mold can spread quickly, releasing airborne spores that irritate the lungs. Those with asthma, allergies, or other respiratory conditions are particularly sensitive to spores. Prolonged mold exposure may also cause headaches, nausea, and trouble sleeping.

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