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December 29, 2004

Flooding & Communicable Diseases Fact Sheet Risk Assessment - WHO: Children most at risk from disease-UNICEF

Topics: International News

Although the toll of deaths from the initial waves of the tsunami continues to be counted, the waves of death from post tsunami diseases could double the initial number of deaths. In the following article on flooding and communicable diseases from Medical News and the subsequent article from the Australian one can easily gain a respect for the towering task that lies ahead for the world community.

Flooding & Communicable Diseases Fact Sheet Risk Assessment - WHO

- Medical News Today Dec 29

Floods can potentially increase the transmission of the following communicable diseases:

• Water-borne diseases, such as typhoid fever, cholera, leptospirosis and hepatitis A

• Vector-borne diseases, such as malaria, dengue and dengue haemorrhagic fever, yellow fever, and West Nile Fever   Continue reading...

Children most at risk from disease-UNICEF
-The Australian Dec 30

TOO young to swim and too small to run, children were killed in thousands by the tsunamis. Now they are expected to be the biggest victims of the disaster's next wave - disease.

The UN children's agency UNICEF estimates children and babies will account for more than a third of the victims of the initial disaster, with thousands of youngsters dying from infection and disease set to double the death toll.

Pediatricians warn children will be particularly vulnerable as disease begins to spread from poisoned water and rotting corpses.

John Pearn, professor of paediatrics and child health at the Royal Children's Hospital in Brisbane, confirmed warnings that the death toll from disease could potentially be as high as that from the tsunami.

A former surgeon-general with the Australian Defence Force who helped in the rescue missions to Papua New Guinea after the tsunami of July 1998, Professor Pearn said children could easily become separated from their families in crisis situations.  Continue reading...

Posted by Hyscience at December 29, 2004 2:08 PM



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