Infections after Natural Disasters

Pediatr Rev. 2020 Oct;41(10):501-510. doi: 10.1542/pir.2018-0208.


Natural disasters, particularly flooding, are associated with many environmental changes, and the chances of infections after a disaster increase. Dead bodies are not associated with increased infections, but many other factors contribute to the increase in infections and possible outbreaks. This article discusses the factors associated with increased risk of infections and the types of infections that may occur after a natural disaster. This article also presents a brief discussion of infection prevention and mitigation after a natural disaster.