Health Concerns in Haiti: Infectious Disease and Mental Health Perspective – 2
Narrator: This is NIH Health Matters. In the days following a natural disaster like the earthquake in Haiti a critical health issue becomes the infectious diseases associated with the lack of clean water. Dr. Anthony Fauci at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases explains.
Dr. Fauci: There are waterborne infectious diseases that can easily outbreak when you have crowded conditions, unsanitary conditions, and a lack of supply of good, fresh, clean drinking water. If you think of the diarrheal diseases, or the diseases out of the GI tract, you think of salmonellosis, shigellosis, hepatitis A, cryptosporidiosis are all issues that you need to pay attention to.
Narrator: For more information on infectious diseases and their treatments, visit www.niaid.nih.gov. Health Matters is produced by the National Institutes of Health, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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