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Infectious diseases following natural disasters: prevention and control measures

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Risk assessment is essential in post-disaster situation. A high priority should be given to rapid implementation of control measures such as through re-establishing and improving primary healthcare delivery.
This systematic review included 21 articles and assessed risk factors and potential infectious diseases …

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Review of health hazards and prevention measures for response and recovery workers and volunteers after natural disasters, flooding, and water damage: mold and dampness

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It is recommended to avoid and minimize unnecessary fungal exposure and use appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) in disaster response recovery work. Any moisture or water intrusion should be addressed rapidly, since significant mold growth can occur within 48 hours. Systematic …

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The health impacts of windstorms

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Windstorms can have a profound effect on human health with direct effects causing death and injury. Indirect effects can include falls, lacerations, puncture wounds. Power outages, fires, burns, carbon monoxide, poisoning and worsening of chronic illnesses are all health impacts associated …

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Midlevel dry intrusions as a factor in tornado outbreaks associated with landfalling tropical cyclones from the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico

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Forecaster vigilance should be heightened when midlevel dry intrusions are observed. There is a clear link between the presence of a dry intrusion and a tornado outbreak.
This review examines historical tornado outbreak cases in order to provide an improved understanding of …

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Evacuating hospitals in Australia: What lessons can we learn from the world literature

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There is a need for more structured and detailed reporting of hospital responses to disaster. All hospitals must have a practised, detailed hospital evacuation plan existing before an impending threat.
This systematic review aimed …

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Application of behavioral theories to disaster and emergency health preparedness

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Research related to behavioral theories and models addressing preparedness has to focus on developing countries where disaster risk and need for preparedness are higher.
This systematic review assessed 33 articles in orde to investigate the global applications of behavioral theories to …

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The health and health care system impacts of earthquakes, windstorms and floods

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Floods and windstorms were found to have significant impacts on different aspects of health such as mortality (e.g.,  higher death rates in flash floods), injury (e.g., collapse of shelter, vehicle accidents), infectious diseases (e.g., cholera, salmonella, typhoid and others), chronic diseases …

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Power outages, extreme events and health: a systematic review of the literature from 2011-2012

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Power outages were found to impact health on different levels, with recurring themes being that following a power outages healthcare services and frontlines services become difficult to access. Current evidence and knowledge on the topic was assessed to be of overall …

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Secondary stressors and extreme events and disasters: a systematic review of primary research from 2010-2011

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This is the first review to develop a typology of secondary stressors following extreme events. Some secondary stressors are entities in themselves, whereas others are primary stressors whose immediate effects have not been mitigated. Future research should focus on defining secondary …

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Facteurs de stress secondaires et événements et désastres extrêmes : une revue systématique de la recherche primaire de 2010-2011

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Les résultats d’études non randomisées publiées entre 2010 et 2011 ont identifié des catégories de facteurs de stress secondaires parmi lesquels figurent les facteurs de stress économiques, les facteurs de stress liés à la santé, les pertes physiques et matérielles, le …

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