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10th Anniversary Review: Natural disasters and their long-term impacts on the health of communities

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Abstract

Long-term health impacts in communities that have experienced natural disasters are often overlooked. Recovery from natural disasters is often a long, drawn-out process. Recovery plans need to address these interruptions in the return to pre-disaster functioning and make provisions for addressing ongoing health problems. The following review will examine illness patterns that may arise, directly or indirectly, in the months and years following a disaster event. The objectives of the review are: (i) to identify the burden of long-term community ill-health following natural disaster events; (ii) to evaluate current gaps in the ongoing process of health monitoring for populations affected by disaster; (iii) to review approaches that would provide ongoing surveillance of physical and psychosocial ill-health.

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The article was received on 28 Aug 2007, accepted on 17 Dec 2007 and first published on 09 Jan 2008


Article type: Critical Review
DOI: 10.1039/B713256P
J. Environ. Monit., 2008,10, 167-175

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    10th Anniversary Review: Natural disasters and their long-term impacts on the health of communities

    A. Cook, J. Watson, P. V. Buynder, A. Robertson and P. Weinstein, J. Environ. Monit., 2008, 10, 167
    DOI: 10.1039/B713256P

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