Risk of Infection In The Earthquake Zone

Risk of Infection In The Earthquake Zone

Health Minister Fahrettin Koca stated that some steps were taken against the risk of epidemics in 10 provinces hit by two major earthquakes in Kahramanmaraş. Experts, on the other hand, draw attention to the problems experienced especially in drinking water and hygiene and state that measures should be taken against this threat.

Earthquakes with magnitudes of 7.7 and 7.6 in Kahramanmaraş caused devastating effects in 10 provinces.

Garbage accumulating on the roadsides after the earthquake, the difficulty of reaching drinking water and the accompanying hygiene problem are among the biggest problems.

According to experts, problems in nutrition, hygiene and access to healthy drinking water after major disasters can pave the way for the epidemic.


Infectious Diseases Specialist Prof. Dr. Bülent Ertuğrul warned against infections that may occur as a result of upper respiratory tract infections and dirty injuries in the earthquake due to the minus temperature.

Kahramanmaraş Mayor Hayrettin Güngör stated that there was a problem in cleaning, but the municipality teams went to the field for cleaning. Güngör said, “They perform the cleaning service intensively.” aforementioned.


After the 7.6 magnitude earthquake that hit Pakistan in 2005, diarrhea cases increased by 42 percent.

After the 9-magnitude earthquake that occurred in Japan in 2011, flu and norovirus outbreaks were detected.


Health Minister Fahrettin Koca announced that a series of measures were taken against the risk of infection.

Risk of Infection

“Necessary measures are taken against infections that may occur after the earthquake. Rabies and tetenosis vaccines were sent to the region. Hygiene materials are provided in public health centers,” Koca said. aforementioned.

Gül Demirci

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