There is much knowledge on the effects of raw sewage on the environment. What about a spill closer to home? The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that more than seven million people each year suffer illnesses after exposure to raw sewage and about seven percent are fatal cases. It is more common than you think thanks to stormwater that overflows from municipal sewer systems. Here are seven vital reasons to hire our experts to prevent raw sewage exposure.
- Salmonella (Bacteria)
According to the CDC, more than 1.2 million people fall ill from salmonella exposure which leaves 23,000 in the hospital and about 450 dead. Symptoms include fever, diarrhea, and stomach cramps anywhere from twelve to 72 hours after contact. While many cases are linked to consumption of eggs and chicken, the bacteria has also been identified in municipal sewage system leaks and illegal waste dumps in waterways.
- coli (Bacteria)
E.coli is a bacteria that is often found in the small intestines as well as in sewage and contaminated water which is why an estimated 73,000 fall ill and 61 die from exposure. Symptoms include diarrhea and vomiting. In May, 197 people fell ill from a romaine lettuce e Coli outbreak in 35 states across the United States in which 89 have been hospitalized, 26 have kidney failures, and five have died as the results of a single case.
- Listeria (Bacteria)
Listeria is commonly found in sewage and causes listeriosis, a deadly disease. While there are only 800 confirmed cases in the U.S. each year, the CDC estimates another 1600 cases go unreported. Listeriosis is generally a foodborne infection involving livestock. Listeria also leads to septicemia, meningitis, and meningoencephalitis which has a 50% death rate in the United States. Patients report flu-like symptoms or none at all.
- Campylobacter jejuni (Bacteria)
Commonly found in animal feces, it is responsible for about 280,000 food poisoning cases each year and about 100 deaths. Exposure generally occurs from poor hygiene during food preparation or by contact with raw sewage. Symptoms include diarrhea, stomach pain, headaches, fever, vomiting, and nausea which lasts up to ten days.
- Norovirus (Virus)
Commonly found in sewage, norovirus is often located in sea life like oysters after contamination occurs from municipal drainage. It leads to more than 21 million diagnosis, 1.9 million doctor visits, and up to 800 deaths annually. Symptoms include diarrhea and vomiting and affect mostly young children and the elderly.
- Rotavirus (Virus)
In 2008, there were 453,000 deaths reported worldwide from rotavirus. In the U.S., it contributes to 400,000 doctor visits, 200,000 ER visits, and up to 60 deaths annually. Symptoms include dehydration, dizziness, sleeplessness, and decreased kidney activity.
- Adenovirus (Virus)
Patients contact adenovirus through sewer-exposed lakes or pools without proper chlorine levels. Adenovirus can cause illnesses like a cold, bronchitis, pneumonia, pink eye, diarrhea, stomach issues, and neurological disorders that affect the spinal cord and brain.
Hazardous waste is highly dangerous as it puts your household at high risk of serious illness or death which is why Restore Pro experts implement strategic procedures for proper sewage removal. To find out about our services, call 1-800-847-0114 or follow our page on Facebook.