Possible increased disease risk following earthquake in Nepal

by Wayne Ghesquiere on May 4, 2015

On April 25th, 2015 Nepal was struck with a 7.8 magnitude earthquake.  The earthquake resulted in avalanches, extensive damage and thousands of casualties.

Hospitals are open and operational but most are overwhelmed as medical supplies and staff are limited.  Pokhara has reported minimal damage and medical care is fully available.

The international airport and mobile telephone system remains operational; however travelers should expect delays.

Health recommendations for short-term aid and relief workers are the same as normal travel health recommendations for Nepal and include:

Routine vaccinations Hepatitis A typhoid Hepatitis B Flu MMR Rabies

There is the possibility of increased risk of disease in the aftermath of the earthquake due to the availability of potable water.  The Cholera (Dukoral) vaccine is recommended as Nepal is endemic for cholera.  A Travel health clinic will ensure travellers are up to date and prepared for health concerns and recommendations including Travellers diarrhea, Insect Precautions, Malaria , Japanese encephalitis, and food and water safety.  Disaster Relief workers should also carry fist aid supplies for treatment of skin infections and should take precautions and ensure they are using personal protective equipment.

To donate to click the link for the: Red Cross Nepal Earthquake Fund

 

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