Infectious diseases following natural disasters: prevention and control measures

  title={Infectious diseases following natural disasters: prevention and control measures},
  author={Isidore Koffi Kouadio and Syed Mohamed Aljunid and Taro Kamigaki and Karen S Hammad and Hitoshi Oshitani},
  journal={Expert Review of Anti-infective Therapy},
  pages={104 - 95}
Natural disasters may lead to infectious disease outbreaks when they result in substantial population displacement and exacerbate synergic risk factors (change in the environment, in human conditions and in the vulnerability to existing pathogens) for disease transmission. We reviewed risk factors and potential infectious diseases resulting from prolonged secondary effects of major natural disasters that occurred from 2000 to 2011. Natural disasters including floods, tsunamis, earthquakes… 

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