Monday, May 19, 2008
Public Health Notice of the Day
Despite public health authorities trying to get the word out, they have somehow failed miserably.

MYTH: Dead bodies cause disease.

FACT: Diseases die along with dead bodies and are overgrown quite quickly with microorganisms that are responsible for decomposition. These microorganisms are not capable of causing disease in humans!

The major health epidemic that occurs after a natural disaster, such as the ones in Myanmar and China, are as a result of contaminated water, food, famine and especially poor sanitation. Drinking water that has been contaminated with feces being the primary issue.

When people start getting diarrheal disease due to drinking contaminated water, the whole thing becomes more and more cyclical.

Unfortunately, the misperception that bodies need to be buried quickly or cremated or covered in disinfectant causes unnecessary waste of time and money while clean water would be a better use of precious resources.

That is your public health notice of the day.


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Blogger Homebody said...

Yay! You're back! We missed reading you! I'm a longtime reader, first time commenter (delurker?).

Blogger MonkeyGurrrrrl said...

Yay, also, but Thank You!!! I never knew that decaying bodies did not cause disease. Now I don't have to worry when I enter my "fun house". . .

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