Drought-Related Health Effects

From the Disaster Information Management Research Center of the National Library of Medicine , a new web page focused on Droughts and Health. The webpage looks primarily at the human health effects of drought conditions as experienced in the United States.  Some of the 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”

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