October 1, 2005
Reports of elevated numbers of dead fish in some rivers and streams in areas of Southeast Texas that have flooded have prompted the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) to remind people not to eat fish found dead or dying.
Fish die-offs are normal following flooding and usually are caused by low oxygen levels in the water.
DSHS also is reminding people not to bathe or swim in rivers or other bodies of water in flooded areas because of higher than normal levels of bacteria in the water.
( News media: for more information contact Doug McBride, DSHS Press Officer, Austin, 512-458-7524 or 512-532-4971.)