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Puerto Rico Is Becoming A Textbook Example Of How Waterborne Disease Outbreaks Spread (Quartz)

October 20, 2017

From the article:

The disaster in Puerto Rico wrought by hurricane Maria is still unraveling one month after it hit.

Most of the island remains without electricity. A third of residents still don’t have running water, while those who do can’t count on what comes out of the faucet being clean. Meanwhile, pools and puddles of standing water due to recent heavy rains (link in Spanish) following Maria are primed to spread disease...

Jeremy Konyndyk, an expert in the global spread of disease at the Washington, DC-based Center for Global Development, described the situation as “textbook vulnerability to major waterborne disease outbreak” in a tweet thread, ending it with incredulity:

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