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Houston, Zika & West Nile Infections Up!, 100,000+ homes damaged or destroyed...


About 100,000 homes were damaged by Hurricane Harvey, President Donald Trump's Homeland Security Adviser Tom Bossert told reporters on Thursday.

As rains diminish and flood waters slowly recede around Houston and other cities hit by Harvey, health problems are moving in the other direction, with the worst yet to come.

When the storm hit, the major concerns were drownings, injuries, and things such as carbon monoxide poisoning. But now comes a big shift, a ticking clock of health issues that will last for days, weeks, and even months to come.

When the storm hit, the major concerns were drownings, injuries, and things such as carbon monoxide poisoning. But now comes a big shift, a ticking clock of health issues that will last for days, weeks, and even months to come.

During the worst of the weather, one major worry was sickness from germs in flood waters—it’s a concern that obviously continues. But more worrisome is the current health of the displaced, particularly for those in crowded shelters. Respiratory and intestinal illnesses are extremely contagious in close quarters, especially when it’s hard to be hygienic as a person would otherwise like to be.

And though you’ve probably heard about urgent medical issues for those displaced, such as the need for dialysis, there are newer concerns about making sure that people with chronic health problems such as diabetes, heart disease, or lung problems have medication and are getting the care they need. Many had to leave their prescriptions behind as they evacuated from rising waters.

While skin infections were an obvious early danger, they will be an ongoing concern as well, especially since it typically takes several days to go from exposure of a cut to germs to an active infection.





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