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Droughts and Health: New Disaster Topic Page from NLM

A new disaster topic page is now available on “Droughts and Health.” [http://disasterinfo.nlm.nih.gov/dimrc/drought.html]

The page is focused primarily on human health effects of drought conditions as experienced in the United States.  It is intended to grow as new materials become available on this topic.

Health effects in the United States have historically included (or are speculated to include):

  • Changes to water quality, especially private wells, with potential for increased waterborne disease
  • Changes to air quality, increased dust, particulates with potential for increased respiratory distress
  • Poorer personal hygiene due to decreased water availability
  • Food crop or food processing contamination from use of recycled water
  • Increased suicide rate (higher than national average) among farm families affected by drought-related economic concerns

This page is compiled by the Disaster Information Management Research Center of the National Library of Medicine. Please send us suggestions for additional content and any comments.

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