Serious medical problems are often seen following natural disasters because of lack of water and sanitation.  The earthquake in Haiti will be no different.  But in addition to lack of resources is the amount of deaths, injuries, and infections.

12 major diseases that can be expected:

1.)   Measles
2.)   Viral Hepatitis
3.)   Typhoid fever
4.)   Gastroenteritis
5.)   Coccidiomycosis
6.)   Giardia
7.)   Cholera
8.)   MRSA skin infection
9.)   Malaria
10.)   Dengue Fever
11.)   Yellow fever
12.)   Others

The disaster cut power, electricity and other utilities. This could leave people without clean drinking water and at greater risk of malnutrition and disease. The potential new mass of displaced persons could create crowded, unsanitary conditions that facilitate the spread of contagious respiratory infections,” said Dr. Peter Hotez, head of the department of microbiology at George Washington University.

What you have is the perfect storm of infection,” Hotez said. “What you have is a breakdown. It is already a fragile infrastructure with high rates of infectious and neglected tropical disease. Now there are potential breakdowns in sanitation, clean water, housing and subsequent crowding. That’s a terrible mix.”

For more information on the Haiti earthquake check out the following blog article on Water and Sanitation

 

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