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Delayed-impact infectious disease after a natural disaster.

Authors
  • Bissell, R A
Type
Published Article
Journal
The Journal of emergency medicine
Publication Date
Jan 01, 1983
Volume
1
Issue
1
Pages
59–66
Identifiers
PMID: 6436364
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Most recent studies of natural disasters have shown little increase in post-disaster infectious disease. The result has been a de-emphasis of the disease control portion of many disaster relief programs. This study demonstrates a significant increase in four out of the five diseases studied following two hurricanes in the Dominican Republic, with the major impact of the increases coming several months after the disaster. Posited reasons for the increase in infectious diseases are: (a) overcrowding of makeshift refugee centers with insufficient sanitary facilities, and (b) flood-caused water transmission of pathogens.

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