Home' Moorabool Matters : Moorabool Matters April 2011 Contents mooRABooL mAtteRs - CommunIty newsLetteR APRIL 2011 11
flooD anD your health
how to control mould
Mould associated with damp buildings can trigger nasal congestion,
sneezing, cough, wheeze, respiratory infections and worsen asthma
and allergic conditions. People with weakened immune systems,
allergies, severe asthma and chronic, obstruction or allergic lung
diseases are more susceptible to these symptoms and other
serious health effects (and should visit their doctor if concerned).
Council is urging residents to effectively manage mould around
the home and check ‘hidden’ mould-growing areas like under
floor boards or inside cupboards. Mould can have many different
appearances and colours. All need to be cleaned with household
cleaner and then disinfected. For more information about how
to identify and treat mould and looking after your health around
mould, please download the comprehensive fact sheet Mould and
Your Health from www.moorabool.vic.gov.au or call Environmental
Health on 5366 7100.
food safety and emergency power failure
The most important thing is to try and keep cold food and
frozen food cold. If food is still cold to touch, less than 5oC,
it is safe to use.
Once cold or frozen food is no longer cold to touch, 5
or above, it can be kept and eaten for up to four hours and
then it must be thrown away.
Hot food must be eaten within four hours of it being hot or
throw it away.
If power is restored when frozen food is still cold to touch,
less than 5oC, the food is safe to refreeze.
Only open the fridge and freezer doors when absolutely
necessary, this will keep the food and air temperature colder
If available put bagged ice under food packages and trays stored
in freezers and fridges if power failure lasts more than 1 hour.
In Victoria some mosquitos can carry disease such as Ross River
virus or Barmah Forest virus, which can be passed onto people
through mosquito bites. Rain and flooding may lead to an increase
in mosquito numbers as water subsides and pools form.
To protect yourself from mosquitos wear long pants, socks,
long-sleeved shirts and apply an insect repellent, containing N,
N-Diethyl-m-toluamide (DEET) or pircaridin to your skin. Follow
directions on the repellents’ products labels and take care when
using repellents on small children.
To help control mosquitos around your home drain any water left
standing outdoors in open containers such as flowerpots, unused
tins, tyres or buckets and change your pets’ drinking water on a
If you believe you require personal support services please contact
Moorabool Shire Council Recovery Manager on (03) 5366 7100
for further information.
other essential links
Coping with a major personal crisis:
cleaning up after a flood:
national Bowel cancer
moorabool lga project
cancer council victoria and Djerriwarrh health
services are working in partnership to promote the
national Bowel cancer screening program.
what is it?
The National Bowel Cancer Screening Program is a Commonwealth
Government initiative to help detect bowel cancer early and
reduce the number of Australians who die each year from the
how common is bowel cancer?
Bowel cancer is the most commonly occurring internal cancer
affecting both men and women, and the second most common
cause of cancer-related deaths after lung cancer.
what does bowel cancer screening involve?
Screening involves testing for bowel cancer in people who do not
have any obvious symptoms of the disease. A simple screening
test called a faecal occult blood test (or FOBT) can detect small
amounts of blood in a bowel motion that may be the sign of an
early bowel cancer.
An FOBT is a simple test that can be done at home and involves
taking tiny samples from two bowel motions using the test kit.
Djerriwarrh Health Services will offer free information sessions to
community groups and clubs within the region.
Multicultural groups, Indigenous communities, interest groups,
service organisations, and any other clubs and associations, are
invited to book an information session.
Anyone aged 50 and above living in the Moorabool Shire is
encouraged to participate in this very important opportunity to
improve the health of people living in this community.
A free information session for the general community will be held
on Wednesday 20 April at 10am-11am in the Conference Centre,
Bacchus Marsh Hospital.
Please send all enquiries to Andrea Orlinski, Health Promotion
Coordinator on 9361 9360 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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