Water related disease outbreaks

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Water related disease outbreaks

Common DiseasesWaterborne disease: caused by ingestion of contaminated water, most common post rain/flood disasters ex. Cholera, Hepatitis A and E, dysentaryWaterwashed disease: caused by skin/eye contact with contanimated water ex. Lepto-spirosisWater related disease: caused by insect vectors that breed in water, most common post cyclones, hurricanes, & flooding ex. malaria, dengue fever, yellow fever

Resiliancy Efforts-all risks much higher in developing countries Pre-disaster-surveillance plans for detecting epedemics -flood resistant waste-water management-awareness of common disasters and adequate preparation for displaced personsPost-disaster-quick drain clean up to prevent stagnant water-access to hand washing stations, disinfectants, insecticides & bug nets especially in shelters for displaced peoples-long term management as many diseases, like malaria, take weeks appear Most importantly: clean drinking water through filters or chlorine

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Water Related Disease Outbreaks Post Natural DisastersLily Dinkins, Alexandra Lorentz, Rachel Quindlen

Cause of Outbreaks:- flooding - lack of/ breakdown of infrastructure- crowding- increase of vectors (mosquitos for example)Made possible by water, acting as the main vector.Main diseases seen after Katrina:- gastrointestinal/diarrheal- wound infections- respiratory issues- skin infections

Case Study: Hurricane KatrinaOn August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast area as a category 3 storm, affecting Louisiana and Mississipi the most. 10,000 people sought shelter in the SuperDome of New Orleans, with 1 million people in total being displaced by the storm. New Orleans was most heavily impacted, being situated below sea level; eighty percent of the city was underwater due to failed levees.


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