Weiss on public health post-Katrina

The devastation of Hurricane Katrina raises the risk of a host of medical problems: outbreaks of infectious diseases, sicknesses caused by environmental hazards, exacerbation of pre-existing chronic conditions and widespread post-traumatic stress disorder. Eric A. Weiss, MD, assistant professor of surgery (emergency medicine), has been explaining these potential public health consequences to reporters from the Wall Street Journal, San Francisco Chronicle, Associated Press and other media outlets. Paul Costello, executive director of the Office of Communication & Public Affairs, asked him for an overview of the situation.



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