Epidemics after Natural Disasters

  title={Epidemics after Natural Disasters},
  author={John F. Watson and Michelle Gayer and M{\'a}ire A. Connolly},
  booktitle={Emerging infectious diseases},
The relationship between natural disasters and communicable diseases is frequently misconstrued. The risk for outbreaks is often presumed to be very high in the chaos that follows natural disasters, a fear likely derived from a perceived association between dead bodies and epidemics. However, the risk factors for outbreaks after disasters are associated primarily with population displacement. The availability of safe water and sanitation facilities, the degree of crowding, the underlying health… CONTINUE READING
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