Victims of natural disasters often suffer skin infections

10/4/2011 |

Natural disasters often result in an increase in bacterial and fungal infections, insect-borne disease, parasitic infections, bites and radiation exposure, dermatologist Miriam S. Bettencourt says. Natural disasters raise the risk that cuts, abrasions and wounds will become infected with methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus because of increased skin-to-skin contact, treatment with contaminated items and lack of sanitation. Doctors should be on the lookout for rare infections after natural disasters, such as the higher rate of zygomycosis doctors saw after the Joplin, Mo., tornadoes.

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