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California Thunder via KABC(NEW YORK) -- A California softball player has died days after having a brain aneurysm on the field.

Dana Housley was playing in a game Saturday when she reportedly told her coach she felt dizzy and collapsed. Family and teammates had held out hope that the 15-year-old player would survive the traumatic event.

Housley’s family announced Wednesday night the teen had died.

“Tonight our beautiful Dana chose to go with the Lord,” the family said in a statement posted by Housley’s softball team, the California Thunder, based in Covina, California. “We don't yet understand his plan for her, but she will make a perfect angel.”

Housley’s teammates had created a hashtag #prayfordana to support the teen and draw attention to her case. Housley's parents thanked her teammates for their support.

"We will feel pain and emptiness at the loss of our baby girl, but we won't have to feel it alone," the teen's parents said in a statement. "We will not forget your love, prayers, and support, nor will we ever forget the wonderful memories of our little girl, Dana Housley #21."

Her coach, Angelo Michaels, told ABC News station KABC-TV in Los Angeles, that Housley was a “spectacular” player.

“She never had an off day,” Michaels told KABC. “I don’t mean on the softball field I mean she just always had a smile, always gave 110 percent and great teammate.”

The team put up a message on its Twitter account Thursday mourning Housley.

A brain aneurysm occurs when a spot on a cranial artery weakens and starts to bulge out. If the aneurysm ruptures it can cause stroke, brain damage or death.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The treadmill is back. The once-monotonous machine is finding its groove again.

The machine is making a comeback in fitness classes, and celebrities including Heidi Klum, Shakira and Zoe Saldana are sprinting their way to great shape on treadmills.

Fitness experts Anna Kaiser, Alycia Stevenin and David Siik appeared on ABC's Good Morning America Thursday to talk about the benefits of treadmill workouts.

Kaiser is a celebrity trainer and founder of AKT InMotion, and her new AKTread puts strength training choreography on the treadmill. Stevenin is a master trainer at Barry’s Bootcamp, and Siik is an Equinox instructor and creator of Precision Running.

They shared the following extra tips that you can use at home or in the gym:

Kaiser’s Tips


Start in a lunge position, with your right leg out in front of the left. Place the opposite arm next to the front foot. The other arm should be back in the air pointing toward the back leg. Then, in one fluid movement, jump up straight, pulling the left leg out and in front. Bring the right foot up to meet it. Lift your body up as tall as possible, and end on your tiptoes. Swing your arms as you lift your body for momentum, ending with them in an L position at the top of the move. Then, jump back into the starting lunge position, starting with putting the right leg in place, and then following with the left leg.

Up and Over

Start walking on the treadmill at 3.5 mph with hands gripping on each handlebar. Lift your body into the air by putting all your weight on your arms, and straightening them completely. At the same time, move your legs in a running motion in the air, lifting knees as high as you can to your chest. Set your feet back down, take one step on the moving treadmill, and repeat the slow, controlled jumping motion with the opposite leg in front. Repeat this movement for 60 seconds.

Switch Jumps

Stand with legs shoulder-width apart, slightly bent. Lean forward with your torso, with your left arm crossed in front of your body, and the right straight out behind you. Wind up your arms, and swing them in and out as you jump straight up into the air and turn your body to the left. The move is basically jumping through the air and switching the way you’re facing, while switching the arms from bent to straight a few times to propel you. This move will get you sweaty, fast. Do 20 jumps, switching sides. After completing one of the other strengthening moves, do another set of 20 Switch Jumps.

Single Leg Teaser

Lie flat on the ground with your legs out straight and arms stretched out straight behind your head. Squeeze your core and keep your belly button tight to your spine, being careful not to arch your back. Slowly, roll your body up, keeping your core engaged, and as you do so, bring your right knee into your chest. Grab your knee and hold for a second or two. Roll back down to starting position. Repeat 10 times on the right. Then do the same 10 times on the left.

Oblique Twist

Sit in a V position, with your legs up in the air, together and bent, torso and chest lifted, and your arms back out behind you and to the side resting on the ground for support. Keep your abs engaged, and be sure not to arch your lower back. Slowly twist your torso to the right, straighten out your right leg in front of you, and cross your left over the top to your right side. Bring legs back to center. Repeat this scissor motion to the right 20 times. Repeat 20 times on the left.

Side Cincher

Get into a side plank position on your left side. Instead of stacking the right foot on top of the left, bend the leg and rest your foot on the ground behind your body. Hold your right arm out high and slightly curved above your head. Next, kick the right leg out in front of your body, and move your arm down and back, reaching far out behind your body. Move back to the starting position. Repeat the kicking movement 10-15 times. Switch sides and repeat on opposite leg.

Stevenin’s Tips

Here's a 20-minute treadmill routine from Stevenin:

Warm Up Section

5 minute jog at speed 5.0 - 6.0, incline at 0.0 (warm-up section)

Incline Run Section

1 minute: increase speed by 1.0, incline at 0.0

1 minute: decrease speed to 5.0 - 6.0, incline 0.0

1 minute: maintain speed, increase incline to 5.0

1 minute: increase speed to 7.0 - 9.0, maintain 5.0 incline

30 seconds: recover, walking speed is 2.5 - 4.0, incline is 0.0

30 seconds: increase speed to 5.0 - 6.0, incline 10.0

30 seconds: increase speed to 7.0 - 9.0, maintain 10.0 incline

1 minute: recover, walking speed is 2.5 - 4.0, incline is 0.0

Speed Run Section: incline is 0.0 entire time

1 minute: jogging speed of 5.0 - 6.0

1 minute: increase speed to 7.0 - 9.0

30 seconds: jogging speed of 5.0 - 6.0

30 seconds: sprint at 8.5 speed or higher

30 seconds: recover, walking speed is 2.5 - 4.0

1 minute: increase speed to 7.0 - 9.0

30 seconds: jogging speed of 5.0 - 6.0

30 seconds: sprint at 8.5 speed or higher

30 seconds: recover, walking speed is 2.5 - 4.0

30 seconds: sprint at 8.5 of higher

30 seconds: recover, walking speed is 2.5 - 4.0

1 minute: sprint at 8.5 of higher

30 seconds: recover!

Siik’s Tips

Form. Get away from the front of your treadmill. Also be sure to not swing your arms across centerline -- keep arm drive parallel to legs. It counterbalances forces for a healthier back and hips as well as works your core into a tighter leaner stomach.

Incline. There's no need to keep sprinting on steep inclines. Instead, find a balance of speed and incline and keep fastest speeds on inclines under 6 percent. You also must do some incline, as well as flat, for balance.

Recovery. Be diligent. Make your recovery as exact and meaningful as your interval.

Distraction. Do not be on your phone checking emails and texting. Put it down and focus on the workout. It will go by faster and you'll enjoy it so much more.

Consistency. Never give up the run. Amazing results in running come with consistency. Just one to three days a week can turn your entire fitness life right around.

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Dmitrii Kotin/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The FBI is investigating whether Johnson and Johnson was aware that a surgical device it manufactured could spread cancer in the women on whom it is used.

Johnson and Johnson is one of the leading manufacturers of the power morcellator -- a surgical device that breaks down growths in the uterus so that they can be easily removed. However, in as many as one out of every 350 cases, an unknown cancer is hidden within growths, and the device could potentially worsen the condition.

Johnson and Johnson may have been alerted to to the risks as early as 2006. The company didn't remove the device from the market, however, until July 2014. In November of that year, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration implemented its most serious warning on the device.

In that FDA warning, the agency noted that the device could "significantly [worsen] the patient's long-term survival."

The agency urged against the use of power morcellators.

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csakisti/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The National Safety Council issued a warning on traffic fatalities on Wednesday, noting that each of the past six months has seen higher numbers of traffic deaths than the same month last year.

That trend, the NSC says, is expected to last into the summer, a period it calls the "100 deadly days." Between Memorial Day and Labor Day, the three-month stretch of danger has claimed 48,759 lives since 2010, the council notes.

"While the statistics point out a dangerous trend, we have the ability to influence outcomes through our choices and behavior," Deborah A.P. Hersman, president and CEO of the NSC said. "Summer is typically a high-exposure period with lots of miles driven and several long holiday weekends," she said, urging drivers to "take your responsibilities behind the wheel this summer seriously and ensure that you get to your destination safely."

The NSC blames an improving economy for an 11 percent increase in fatal car crashes over the last three months. Lower gas prices and lower unemployment rates often lead to more traffic, the council explains. Additionally, speeding and drinking while driving become more common during the summer.

The council urges drivers and passengers to use their seatbelts, designate an alcohol- and drug-free driver, get plenty of sleep, avoid using a cell phone behind the wheel and learning how to use their vehicles' safety systems.

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Fuse/Thinkstock(UNION COUNTY, N.C.) -- North Carolina health officials have yet to find an explanation for a mysterious illness suspected of contributing to about one-third of students at an elementary school staying home Friday.

Officials said they believe many of the students who were absent stayed home because of the disease that is under investigation.

At least 160 students and 11 staff members of the Shiloh Elementary School in Union County, North Carolina, were out Friday, sending officials from the human services department in Union County into action, according to a department official.

Richard Matens, executive director of Human Services at Union County, said Wednesday that not everyone absent likely developed the illness, but the large number of illnesses was troubling. He said only one person had visited an emergency room after exhibiting symptoms but no one had been hospitalized. The symptoms included vomiting and diarrhea.

Tahira Stalberte, chief communications officer for the Union County School District, said school officials knew of 30 children and 10 staff members who had symptoms Friday. She said some of the “absent” students were actually picked up by their parents during the day.

Health officials did not have a definitive number of people who had symptoms, but an online survey from the human services department was made available to those who felt ill over the weekend and it was filled out 179 times, Matens said.

Third-grader Matthew Parola was one of those sickened and told ABC News affiliate WSOC-TV in Charlotte he had been "scared because I thought I had a virus or something."

Matthew was back at school on Tuesday after the holiday weekend.

Matens told ABC News students’ family members have started to also come down with symptoms, suggesting the disease is a virus that can spread from person to person.

"Everything is hinting toward it’s viral in nature ... because family members are getting it," he said.

Matens said the illness has been lasting one to two days on average, but that more people are still getting sick. He said samples had been sent to a lab for examination.

"It’s probably the largest event in a single school that I have seen," he told WSOC-TV.

The elementary school underwent a deep clean over Memorial Day weekend, in an effort to calm the fears of students and staff returning on Tuesday. Matens said about 45 children were absent Tuesday, adding he did not know whether they were all ill or absent for other reasons. There are 500 to 600 students enrolled at the school, according to Matens.

Dr. William Schaffner, an infectious disease expert at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, said if all the children got sick at the same time, there could be a "single source" contaminant such as food, which can be tainted with a communicable virus.

Additionally, he said there's a chance that the gastrointestinal norovirus could be the cause of the outbreak because of how quickly it spread and the symptoms of the illness.

"Norovirus is spread very, very readily," said Schaffner, who is not investigating the outbreak. "Some of these kids may have had something that brought them together like a church … that took place outside of the school.”

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carlosbezz/iStock/Thinkstock(WATERBURY, Vt.) -- Everyone knows that "an apple a day keeps the doctor away," but Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin announced on Wednesday a new program that will have doctors prescribing visits to state parks instead of apples.

Under the new "Park Prescription" program, doctors all around the state of Vermont will prescribe their patients time outdoors. Those prescriptions, meant to promote healthy lifestyles and prevent chronic health issues, will entitle the patient to free entry at any state park.

"We all know that one of the best ways to stay healthy is to stay active," Shumlin said in a statement. "Luckily we live in Vermont and are surrounded by natural resources that make staying active easy and fun."

"Listen to your doctor and get outside this summer!" Shumlin added.

In his statement, Shumlin notes American Heart Association suggestions that adults gets 150 minutes per week of moderate exercise.

"The Park Prescription program is a perfect way to highlight the connection between outdoor recreation and personal health," Director of Vermont State Parks Craig Whipple said. "Spending time outdoors, connecting with nature and being active all help keep us strong in both body and spirit."

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Comstock/Stockbyte/Thinkstock(IDAHO CITY, Idaho) -- A man who went on an all-terrain vehicle ride with friends over Memorial Day Weekend is now recovering from what could have been a life-threatening incident.

Ryan Cross was with friends on a camping trip near Idaho City, Idaho, when they came across an unexpected storm on Sunday.

"They were riding, and it started raining and then all of a sudden it started hailing pretty heavily so they stopped," his wife, Heather Cross, told ABC affiliate KTVB.

"Ryan got off his four wheeler went under a tree to protect himself from the hail, leaned up against a tree, was looking at a map on his phone, and that is when it all happened," she said.

Cross was with two friends when the lightning struck him, and the way in which they were standing impacted their different reactions. One friend was still sitting on the four-wheeler when it struck and he reportedly felt a ringing in his ears, but the other had one foot on the ground and so he got hit indirectly, according to KTVB.

One of the friends was reportedly unconscious momentarily but then came to and was able to run to people in a nearby SUV and they were able to use the car's OnStar system to call for help.

"That helped save his life," she said to KTVB.

Heather Cross told KTVB that the bolt of lightning entered through her husband's head and exited at some point in his back. He had bleeding in his brain as a result of the injury but he is reportedly recovering and has started to walk again.

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Piotr Marcinski/iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday approved a pair of treatments for irritable bowel syndrome.

Viberzi and Xifaxan, medications manufactured by two different companies, can be used, the FDA says, in adult men and women to treat IBS with diarrhea. The National Institutes of Health says that IBS affects 10 to 15 percent of American adults.

"For some people, IBS can be quite disabling,  and no one medication works for all patients suffering from this gastrointestinal disorder," Julie Beitz, director of the Office of Drug Evaluation in FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research said in a statement. "The approval of two new therapies underscores the FDA's commitment to providing additional treatment options for IBS patients and their doctors."

The two new treatments work differently, with Viberzi taken twice daily with food, whereas Xifaxan would be taken three times daily for a 14-day treatment cycle.

Both drugs were deemed safe by the FDA, with minor side effects including constipation, nausea and abdominal pain.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Increases in the rates of three major sexually transmitted diseases in Rhode Island have led local health officials to warn that high-risk behaviors could be to blame, including the use of social media to “arrange casual and often anonymous sexual encounters."

Among the statistics, HIV rates have risen 33 percent, gonorrhea cases are up 30 percent and syphilis cases are up a whopping 79 percent.

"These data send a clear signal that despite the progress we have made in reducing STDs and HIV over the years, there is more work to do," Dr. Nicole Alexander-Scott, director designee at the Rhode Island Department of Health, said in a statement. "This trend reminds us that we cannot become complacent."

The department, according to a written statement, found that high-risk behavior, including “using social media to arrange casual and often anonymous sexual encounters, having sex without a condom, having multiple sex partners, and having sex while under the influence of drugs or alcohol,” as well as increased testing, was the likely cause for the spike in STDs. While the department was able to track STD rates from 2013 through 2014, national data is only available until 2013 and it’s unclear if STDs are going up nationally, as well.

At least one other county has seen a startling rise in STDs, and it is such a problem that health officials at the STD clinic for Salt Lake County, Utah, have started to ask about specific dating apps when meeting with patients.

Lynn Beltran, an epidemiologist at the clinic, said she’s not surprised to see a rise in STDs, given the rise of those dating apps and what she sees as changing attitudes on sexual relations.

“It’s been the perfect storm,” said Beltran. “Our attitude kind of shifted, where it became more acceptable to engage in casual sex ... then to find someone in a certain mile radius.”

Beltran said she and her team ask about the dating apps to understand if patients' partners could be at risk. She said that when websites were more popular, she and her staff would register as users to reach out to people who may have been exposed to STDs, including HIV. Now that apps are more popular, she said, it is more difficult to reach out and alert users of potential exposure.

“My staff would register as users on those on sites and go in and send them a message,” she told ABC News. “They would go on and say, 'Can you please call me? I have some important medical information for you.'”

In her county, she said, she has seen an uptick in syphilis and gonorrhea, and many of the newly diagnosed patients say they are sexually active through dating apps.

Some HIV experts say the dating apps likely are not to blame, but instead blame a lack of funding for education and prevention.

“Don’t blame social media -- this is about our failure to provide young people with comprehensive, effective sex education and access to condoms" and affordable medical care, said Anthony Hayes, managing director of public affairs and policy for the Gay Men's Health Crisis

He also cited lack of available medications that can help stop an HIV infection after exposure.

"Until we make these crucial investments that will save lives and money, these numbers are going to keep going up," he said.

Beltran added that the Rhode Island report does not mean people should be shamed for using dating sites, but that they should be educated on staying safe.

“I think this is the wave of the future, and we need to approach it not with a shame,” she said.

She said it will be important for health departments are able to “help people be informed and know what their risks are.”

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Creatas/Thinkstock(LONDON) -- Twin sisters Florence Davies and Glenys Thomas, both 103, have died within weeks of each other at their home care center in the United Kingdom.

"It was a huge privilege for all of us at Abermill to care for two such wonderful ladies," said Christine Tipper, Abermill Care Home's deputy manager. "They both made such a positive impact on the life at the home and will be hugely missed by all of us here and by their family and friends."

Thomas passed away on Thursday, April 23, just 27 days before Davies, who died on Wednesday, May 20.

The sisters, who were born on Nov. 22, 1911, had five children, 12 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren between them.

A spokesman at Abermill Care Home said that Thomas and Davies enjoyed spending time together in the communal lounge area and lived in rooms a couple of doors down from one another.

“They even built an interior door joining their two kitchens to make it even easier for them to see each other," the spokesman added.

Thomas and Davies' deaths came months after celebrating a 103rd birthday party at Abermill with their loved ones, staff and fellow residents.

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WTNH(NEW YORK) -- A Connecticut woman was rushed to the hospital with intense stomach pain after she accidentally swallowed something in her hamburger.

The culprit: a bristle from a grill brush.

Cheryl Harrison went to MidState Medical Center in Meriden two days after eating the hamburger, and had to have emergency surgery earlier this month in order to remove the foreign object.

The tiny piece of metal was less than an inch long, Dr. Aziz Benbrahim, who treated Harrison, said.

“If it was in my mouth and I bit it and I knew it I wouldn’t have swallowed it,” Harrison said at a news conference following her recovery last week. “It must have been positioned in that burger just perfect, and I ingested it and swallowed it.”

A CAT scan showed the metal was stuck in her intestine, which can be very dangerous, Benbrahim said.

“You can die from it; it’s a big problem,” Benbrahim told ABC News. “It’s a flexible piece of metal so when you eat it, you don’t feel it in your mouth. It goes down to your small intestine and we have a normal kink, 90 degree kink, and that bristle can’t negotiate the turn and that’s how it made a hole in her intestine.”

Benbrahim said he was able to treat the Wallingford woman immediately because he had experience with something like this before.

“About a year ago, I had a patient who almost died from it,” he said. “He had [eaten] a bristle from a grill brush and he was sick for two weeks.”

Benbrahim said that patient had an infection that led to a blood clot in his lungs. He said Harrison, who ABC News was unable to reach, came into the hospital at the perfect time, and that’s why she was able to recover fairly quickly.

“I feel better,” Harrison said last week, “a little tender but I feel definitely better.”

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Fuse/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- New versions of "The Pill" could raise the risk of serious blood clots, according to a study out Wednesday in the British Medical Journal.

The study shows that the risk of clotting nearly doubled for women taking newer oral contraceptives versus older versions.

But, as ABC News' senior medical contributor Dr. Jennifer Ashton points out, the numbers are still relatively small.

"If you look at the risk of a blood clot in an average person, not on the pill, that's about 1 in 10,000. If then you look at a low dose pill, that risk goes up to 8 in 10,000. Those newer pills can go as high as 16," Ashton says.

She explains, "It's really all about the synthetic type of progestogens in these combination pills. This study confirms past data. We know this is something called a class-effect risk of blood clots with combination pills. And all pills are not created equal. So women should look for the ingredients on their pack of pills and look for those starting with the letter N or L. Those appear to have the lowest risk of clotting."

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WMUR(BETHLEHEM, N.H.) -- A New Hampshire principal battling a rare cancer was brought to tears when her senior class unanimously decided to give up their senior class trip and donate nearly $8,000 to her medical care.

Courtney Vashaw, principal of the Profile school for both junior and high school students in Bethlehem, New Hampshire, was diagnosed with a rare cancer of the soft tissue earlier this month. The senior class at the school surprised Vashaw on Tuesday with the news that they would donate the funds for their senior class trip for her treatment.

"She's just very caring, very selfless, and we wanted to be selfless, too," Ian Baker, a senior at the school, told ABC News affiliate WMUR-TV.

Vashaw said she had "no idea" her seniors were planning on surprising her. They tricked her to coming by telling her it was for a senior meeting, she said. Once she arrived, the entire senior class announced that they had unanimously voted to donate their funds to Vashaw.

"I feel like this has been a beautiful experience as an educator," she told ABC News. "You work so hard to try and help cultivate not only academically astute young people but kids who care. I am just so impressed and so proud of these kids for being the embodiment of that."

After seven years at the school, Vashaw said this is just the second group of students she has seen go from middle schoolers to high school graduates. In a few weeks, she is scheduled to go to New York to get specialized treatment for her rare and aggressive form of cancer, but before that she will celebrate as her students pick up their diplomas.

"If I even make it through the graduation without being a teary, soggy mess, it’s going to be a miracle," she told ABC News.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- For the second year in a row, Mississippi had the highest obesity rate in the U.S. in 2014, the latest Gallup Healthways Well Being Index shows.

The state's obesity rate was 35.2 percent last year -- nearly unchanged from 35.4 percent in 2013. That's well above the national rate of 27.7 percent.

In second place was West Virginia at 34.3 percent followed by Louisiana at 33.2 percent. Arkansas (33 percent), Oklahoma (32.6 percent), Alabama (32.1 percent), Kentucky (31.5 percent), Indiana (31.4 percent), Iowa (31.1 percent) and Missouri (30.9 percent) rounded out the top 10 states with the highest obesity rates.

On the flip side, Hawaii had the lowest rate at 19 percent. The rest of the top 10 states with the lowest obesity rates are as follows: Colorado (20.3 percent), Montana (23.5 percent), California (23.9 percent), Massachusetts (24 percent), Idaho (24.2 percent), South Dakota (24.6 percent), New York (24.7 percent), Minnesota (24.8 percent) and Connecticut (24.9 percent).

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photoquest7/iStock/Thinkstock(HOUSTON) -- Despite receding floodwaters in Texas and Oklahoma, dangers can persist as residents begin the process of cleaning up the mess left behind.

At least three people were killed in Texas and many more injured as floodwaters hit the state Monday night.

Bristel Minsker, spokeswoman for American Red Cross, said a big risk for residents is that remaining floodwater can be toxic after washing over roads and even bringing cars and other debris along.

"The Blanco River overflowed and it’s been running through the state and pushing all this debris down through the state," said Minsker, who called the water extremely toxic.

Minsker said it's important to keep young children and pets away from the water so they don't ingest any of it. For people who had to wade through dirty water to get to safety, Minsker recommends immediately showering and washing clothes to get out any toxins that were washed into the water during the flood.

Minsker said residents should only return home after officials have given the all-clear and always check for downed power lines, foundation cracks or broken gas lines before entering the home.

She also said any food that comes into contact with floodwaters, even bottled water or canned goods, needs to be thrown out.

Another unexpected hazard for those returning home: wildlife.

"We’re hearing a lot of reports of snakes getting washed on to people’s property," said Minsker, who warned that people should stay far away because the animals might be panicked or aggressive.

"They’ve been driven from their natural rural home. It’s an area they are not comfortable with," she said.

Dr. William Schaffner, an infectious disease expert at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, said as residents are able to clean up more and more, there will be other issues they face including mold or dust that can exacerbate asthma or breathing problems.

"You can get mold growing up on things that you’re then trying to clear out," Schaffner said.

Minsker of the Red Cross said it's key for residents with a flooded home to add fans or dehumidifiers to try and keep the mold from growing and causing health problems.

Also, as mud dries it can turn into dust that affects the lungs, said Dr. Schaffner, who recommends wearing a surgical mask.

Schaffner said anyone who had a wound exposed to floodwaters should seek medical attention to see whether they should get a tetanus booster shot.

In addition to short-term problems, Schaffner said, there's another hazard that could last long after the floodwaters recede. He said he's concerned that standing water could mean in increase in the West Nile virus carried by mosquitoes, especially as summer approaches.

"All this floodwater is going to leave puddles and pockets of water that will be great breeding grounds of mosquitoes," Schaffner said. "If there are a lot of mosquitoes, more mosquitoes will bit birds and then bite people," spreading the virus.

The Texas Department of Health has a full list of recommendations on flood safety here.

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