Devastated areas of Philippines thought to lead to epidemics

There are reports expressing some concern that the areas of the Philippines that were devastated by typhoon HAIYAN may experience outbreaks of infectious diseases such as cholera because of the relatively large number of decomposing bodies that have not been buried. In general, after natural disasters, decomposing bodies are not a source of disease outbreaks. Lack of safe drinking water, sanitation facilities and safe food is much more likely to cause outbreaks of disease.

External assistance workers should be cautious and follow strict food and water safety precautions.

Visit our Health Library for more information on exposure to and the prevention of Cholera, Food and Water Contamination, and Traveller's Diarrhoea.

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