Post Hurricane Health Concerns

Published Date: 
Wednesday, September 13, 2017
Issue: 
No.198
Category: 
News of Interest

The Washington Post has a posted an overview of potential post-hurricane health concerns. Along with the state and federal health warnings regarding mold in homes, strange rashes, and the awareness of stray jagged items in standing water leading to infected wounds, this article highlights additional potential health concern resulting from hurricanes. Highlighted health concerns include the following:

  • Carbon monoxide poisoning due to improper use of generators
  • Chemical exposures resulting from floodwaters inundating industrial sites, overflowing sewage, and wastewater treatment facilities, and drench agricultural sites. Dangerous chemicals are also released from common household garage items such as battery acid and crude oil from damaged cars, as well as fertilizer and pesticides leaking from their containers.
  • The emergence of disease-transmitting mosquitoes breeding in the excess waterbeds leftover from the storm
  • Lack of access to medications and treatment for individuals suffering from chronic illnesses such as diabetes, asthma, and kidney disease;
  • Development and exacerbation of mental illness such as depression and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Individuals affected or who want to help should be aware of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ hurricane-related resources.

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