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Natural disaster continuing death toll

Hurricane Katrina has left total destruction in her wake, but the threat still remains for continuing suffering through an epidemic of diseases brought about by poor sanitation and mosquito breeding grounds. Hepatitis A, cholera, typhoid, and West Nile virus, are only a few of the threatening diseases to increase the death toll. Other bacterial, viral and parasitic infections are also on the rise with rotting carcasses, blocked sewage and decomposing vegetation left in the aftermath, which also encourages vermin. Cholera is a gut bacterial pathogen that causes uncontrollable watery diarrhea, killing people with dehydration. Diarrhea can also be caused by Shigella and Salmonella, two bacteria implicated in food poisoning. Typhoid fever is also a bacteria that is absorbed through the gut and causes a body rash and fever.

Source: summary of medical news story as reported by Blomberg.com

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About: Natural disaster continuing death toll

Date: 1 September 2005

Source: Blomberg.com

Author: John Lauerman, Micelle Fay Cortez

URL: http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=10000087&sid=a2N9OBRCdAZU&refer=top_world_news

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