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Indoor Air Quality (IAQ)

Draft Report of Flood-Related Cleaning

This document addresses approaches to cleaning up residences flooded after a hurricane or other weather event. It is based on a literature search conducted using PubMed, Science Direct, the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report search engines, and the files of the co-authors.

The report considers:

  • the types of illnesses associated with flooding
  • the effectiveness, selection, use and hazards of biocides for cleaning and decontaminating surfaces affected by the presence of microorganisms and their biofilms
  • available guidance documents that provide recommendations for cleaning up after floods, hurricanes and related events
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