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PROCTER & GAMBLE AND AMERICAN COLLEGE OF GASTROENTEROLOGY FORM ALLIANCE TO AID FLOOD RAVAGED MID-WEST

 ARLINGTON, Va., Aug. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- The American College of Gastroenterology (ACG) has joined forces with the Procter & Gamble Company to inform people in Iowa, Missouri and Illinois about the threat of gastrointestinal disorders resulting from exposure to contaminated flood waters.
 "Contaminated water supplies in several cities is a real public health concern to hundreds of thousands of midwesterners," says Lawrence J. Brandt, M.D., FACG, president of the American College of Gastroenterology.
 Gastrointestinal disorders, including diarrhea and vomiting, can occur with exposure to contaminated waters that contain an abundance of bacteria, such as E. coli.
 Physicians with the American College of Gastroenterology are providing the media in flood-ravaged areas with information about preventing GI problems. They are stressing the following tips to prevent gastrointestinal problems:
 -- To the extent possible, avoid coming into contact with flood
 water.
 -- Use only water that has been boiled, bottled, or approved
 trucked-in water for drinking, brushing teeth or making ice.
 -- Cook all foods.
 -- Peel fruits and vegetables.
 -- Wash hands with uncontaminated water after using toilet
 facilities.
 -- Use plumbing facilities that are in correct working order.
 Unless the water department has declared it safe for use, do not
 use tap water.
 A physician should be consulted if the following symptoms are experienced:
 -- More than six bowel movements per day.
 -- Severe abdominal pain.
 -- Nausea which is severe.
 -- Frequent vomiting.
 -- Fever which is prolonged.
 -- Chills.
 -- Rectal bleeding.
 Procter & Gamble has announced that as part of this public health awareness effort, it is making available free samples of Pepto-Bismol(R) and Pepto Diarrhea Control(R) that may be helpful for GI disorders, through local Red Cross centers. People with diarrhea who have questions about how these over-the-counter medications work can call the P&G hotline toll-free at 800-543-7270.
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 /CONTACT: Kate Bacon of Porter/Novelli, 212-315-8264, for Procter & Gamble/


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