Today’s Infectious Disease News (9/16/19)

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Hurricane Dorian Poses Continued Public Health Threats Weeks After Making Landfall in The Bahamas

Many Bahamians who survived Hurricane Dorian’s extreme wind and rain continue to suffer from a lack of access to medication, clean water and sanitation. Health officials warn that if the standing water brought in by the hurricane isn’t treated soon, thousands of more people will be at risk of contracting mosquito-borne diseases such as Zika and Dengue. Dr. Amesh Adalja, a physician and infectious disease expert at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security notes that when it comes to hurricanes “there’s a lot of downstream cascading effects people don’t think about”. Cholera outbreaks that emerged in the aftermath of the severe earthquake that hit Haiti in 2010 killed thousands of people.

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