Epidemics of infectious diseases in disasters and control measures of them Afetlerde enfeksiyon hastali{dotless}klari{dotless} salgi{dotless}nlari{dotless} ve kontrol önlemleri

Çalişkan C., Özcebe H.

TAF Preventive Medicine Bulletin, vol.12, no.5, pp.583-588, 2013 (Scopus) identifier


As World Health Organization (WHO) defined, a disaster is the prodigious force of nature which occurs so abruptly and severely that an external assistance is necessary. If the preventive measures are not taken in order for disaster mitigation and in the society where the disaster occurs, deaths and diseases may increase as a result of the disaster. In the aftermath of a disaster, the risk of catching an infectious disease is high. The methods which are used in fighting against infectious diseases may differ depending on disaster types. In the first days of abrupt disasters, the infection is not observed whereas due to problems such as migration or substructure people may be catched infection. Therefore, recognizing the factors leading up to them is a necessity to control the infections which occurs during natural disasters. Ensuring the continuity of prevention and control efforts against disasters during the early period of the disaster preparedness will reduce the occurrence of infections after the disaster.