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Friday, November 10, 2017 - 2:15pm

Hurricane Maria struck Puerto Rico on September 20, and many weeks later most of the island is still without power, clean water, and other critical necessities. Mercy’s Rossi Hassad, PhD, MPH, professor of psychology, epidemiologist, and public health expert, was interviewed by Telemundo, a major Spanish-language television network, about the storm’s disastrous aftermath. “Widespread contamination of the water and food supplies has led to a rise in infections such as E. coli, salmonella, and campylobacter. And the same can be expected for mosquito-borne diseases such as Zika and dengue,” said Hassad. “Thousands of people with chronic diseases like cancer, diabetes, hypertension, and mental health conditions are suffering complications caused by the disruption in health services. The bureaucracy preventing the timely distribution of relief supplies could prove worse than the hurricane itself.” 

Watch Dr. Hassad's interview here