publication . Article . 2004

Infectious disease risks from dead bodies following natural disasters Riesgo de transmisión de enfermedades infecciosas por contacto con cadáveres después de desastres naturales

Oliver Morgan;
Open Access English
  • Published: 01 May 2004 Journal: Revista Panamericana de Salud Pública (issn: 1020-4989, eissn: 1680-5348, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Pan American Health Organization
Abstract
OBJECTIVE: To review existing literature to assess the risks of infection from dead bodies after a natural disaster occurs, including who is most at risk, what precautions should be taken, and how to safely dispose of the bodies. METHODS: Disease transmission requires the presence of an infectious agent, exposure to that agent, and a susceptible host. These elements were considered to characterize the infectious disease risk from dead bodies. Using the PubMed on-line databases of the National Library of Medicine of the United States of America, searching was done for relevant literature on the infection risks for public safety workers and funeral workers as well...
Subjects
free text keywords: Natural disasters, disaster planning, cadaver, disease outbreaks, guidelines, Medicine, R, Arctic medicine. Tropical medicine, RC955-962, Public aspects of medicine, RA1-1270
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