Infectious Diseases After Hydrologic Disasters

Stephen Y. Liang, Nicole Messenger

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Hydrologic disasters, including hurricanes, tsunamis, and severe flooding, have been associated with infectious diseases, particularly among vulnerable and displaced populations in resource-poor settings. Skin and soft tissue infections, gastrointestinal infections, respiratory infections, zoonotic infections, and vector-borne diseases each present unique threats to human health in this setting. Increased emergency physician awareness of these infectious diseases and their diagnosis and management helps optimize medical care for survivors after a hydrologic disaster and safeguard the health of disaster responders.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)835-851
Number of pages17
JournalEmergency Medicine Clinics of North America
Issue number4
StatePublished - Nov 2018


  • Flood
  • Gastrointestinal infections
  • Hurricane
  • Infectious diseases
  • Respiratory infections
  • Soft tissue infections
  • Tsunami
  • Vector-borne diseases

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