Health experts warn of the risk of secondary effects from earthquakes in Turkey and Syria, especially in epicentral regions, and that infections could spread around the world.

“Usually, after natural disasters, there is a wide spread of infectious diseases, and this is primarily due to the lack of safe drinking water, sanitation, heating and regular medical care,” says Mikhail Polkov, senior researcher at the Institute of Immunology and Physiology of the Russian Academy of Sciences in the Urals of the type of mass resettlement population.

According to WHO experts, given the massive destruction of infrastructure in the affected areas in southeastern Turkey, it is possible that this could become a hotbed for the spread of cholera, especially since it has already raged in 18 countries. Therefore, the risk of its spread in the world is “very high”.

Elena Malikova, head of the Department of Virology at the Russian Medical Academy of Continuing Professional Education, notes that natural disasters lead to the destruction of sewerage facilities, which spread infectious diseases associated with the use of contaminated water, such as viral hepatitis A and E.

She says: “There is another pathological infection that does not appear immediately, but after a while – anthrax. Because the destruction of animal graves leads to the spread of disease-causing microbes that live in the earth for hundreds of years.”

Source: Izvestia newspaper.

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