A North Carolina man died after contracting a bacterial infection while doing yard work related to Hurricane Florence, WECT reported. Ron Phelps of Wilmington scraped his leg and it became infected, prompting doctors to amputate it, the station reported. Phelps died shortly after.
“We have seen some bacterial infections from cuts and scrapes” among those doing cleanup work, said David Howard, deputy director of public health in New Hanover County. “It really comes down to bacterial infections that are common in the environment that end up in floodwaters that people are not normally exposed to in a great quantity,” he said.