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Mon Oct 2, 2017, 05:52 PM

Puerto Rico could become a public health catastrophe

October 02, 2017 12:00 PM
In the days since Hurricane Maria ravaged Puerto Rico, conditions on the island continue to deteriorate and become a humanitarian and public health catastrophe that could rival the damage caused by Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans.

The fact that the power grid failed creates many obvious problems and some that are not so evident. When the sewer system stops working, wastewater—aka human feces and urine—and seaborne bacteria contaminate the water supply.

This leads to bacterial infections — such as cholera, dysentery, E. coli and typhoid — that can be disastrous. The typical treatments, like tetanus shots or powerful antibiotics, are not readily available on the island, where medical supplies are quickly running out.

According to the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA), 58 of Puerto Rico’s 69 hospitals are without power or fuel for their generators.

No fuel also means that people cannot readily boil water for drinking or bathing. Danger is imminent with nearly 1.5 million people having no access to clean drinking water, according to U.S. military sources.

Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/opinion/op-ed/article176320111.html#storylink=cpy

It is genocide. This president has turned his back on Puerto Rico, they are brown after all and not even American...Oh wait, what?! Well in his mind, it is true.

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Reply Puerto Rico could become a public health catastrophe (Original post)
sheshe2 Oct 2017 OP
50 Shades Of Blue Oct 2017 #1
Eliot Rosewater Oct 2017 #2
LuckyCharms Oct 2017 #3
ffr Oct 2017 #4
sheshe2 Oct 2017 #6
KY_EnviroGuy Oct 2017 #23
malaise Oct 2017 #5
sheshe2 Oct 2017 #7
secondwind Oct 2017 #8
bdamomma Oct 2017 #9
ProudLib72 Oct 2017 #10
RandomAccess Oct 2017 #11
Petrushka Oct 2017 #12
lpbk2713 Oct 2017 #13
Hekate Oct 2017 #14
sheshe2 Oct 2017 #16
spanone Oct 2017 #15
sheshe2 Oct 2017 #17
forgotmylogin Oct 2017 #19
brer cat Oct 2017 #18
BigmanPigman Oct 2017 #20
Skittles Oct 2017 #21
sheshe2 Oct 2017 #22
KY_EnviroGuy Oct 2017 #24
sheshe2 Oct 2017 #25
PJMcK Oct 2017 #26
lunasun Oct 2017 #27
bdamomma Oct 2017 #28

Response to sheshe2 (Original post)

Mon Oct 2, 2017, 05:53 PM

1. K & R

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Response to sheshe2 (Original post)

Mon Oct 2, 2017, 05:54 PM

2. Turned his back? Hell, he has BLAMED them!

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Response to sheshe2 (Original post)

Mon Oct 2, 2017, 05:54 PM

3. That's interesting, but there are NFL players that are kneeling down.

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Response to sheshe2 (Original post)

Mon Oct 2, 2017, 05:58 PM

4. Bush & Dotard. Who needs terrorists when you have people like them in power?

Bush/Katrina
Dotard/Puerto Rico/Yemen and still going strong.

Both endorsed and supported by the NRA and conservaturds alike.

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Response to ffr (Reply #4)

Mon Oct 2, 2017, 06:01 PM

6. You speak the truth, ffr. nt

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Response to ffr (Reply #4)

Mon Oct 2, 2017, 09:23 PM

23. Massive hangover from Bush's wars, too.

Direct massive death and destruction: Iraq and Afghanistan.

Indirect massive death and destruction: Pakistan, Syria, Egypt and Libya.
(with assumption Arab Spring would likely not have occurred w/o Iraq war)

Does not include terrorist death and destruction around the globe due to spin-off outfits such as ISIS.

These things are a part of what's hardened America's heart and normalized violence.

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Response to sheshe2 (Original post)

Mon Oct 2, 2017, 06:01 PM

5. It's nearly there

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Response to malaise (Reply #5)

Mon Oct 2, 2017, 06:04 PM

7. I read yesterday...

Conjunctivitis is another one springing up and very contagious.

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Response to sheshe2 (Original post)

Mon Oct 2, 2017, 06:16 PM

8. Cant we air drop food, water etc?

If we could do that in the jungles of Vietnam, we can do this in PR

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Response to sheshe2 (Original post)

Mon Oct 2, 2017, 06:20 PM

9. He is going there tomorrow

I hope the Mayor does this to him. Puerto Ricans are US citizens is he going to be responsible for their deaths???? and let's not forget the US Virgin Islands they are suffering too.

I hate the fucking man. He has no compassion whatsoever.

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Response to sheshe2 (Original post)

Mon Oct 2, 2017, 06:21 PM

10. If he is as disgusted by blood as the articles make out

Just think of how disgusted he is by all these diseases. I'm convinced he would rather not even think about it and let everyone die than face how disgusting it is.

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Response to sheshe2 (Original post)

Mon Oct 2, 2017, 06:36 PM

11. Allow me

 

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Response to RandomAccess (Reply #11)

Mon Oct 2, 2017, 07:07 PM

12. Holy Moses! Was I wrong! Or was I wrong? I thought those hurricanes were Acts of God.

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Response to sheshe2 (Original post)

Mon Oct 2, 2017, 07:15 PM

13. Fleas, flies and other vermin will be a serious threat.



You are most definitely correct. There certainly will be a public health catastrophe.

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Response to sheshe2 (Original post)

Mon Oct 2, 2017, 07:22 PM

14. Cholera, typhoid, tetanus -- all the old killers, just waiting for the right opportunity.

And here's the US President, riding in like the 5th Horseman of the Apocalypse, Chaos.

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Response to Hekate (Reply #14)

Mon Oct 2, 2017, 07:42 PM

16. Well...

He dedicated his presidential gold cup to them. It is his ****heeling**** cup. They shall all rise under his benevolence.

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Response to sheshe2 (Original post)

Mon Oct 2, 2017, 07:30 PM

15. trump's going down tomorrow and i'm sure he'll declare everything tremendous

SOB

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Response to spanone (Reply #15)

Mon Oct 2, 2017, 07:44 PM

17. Yeah...he will praise himself then leave them to die.

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Response to spanone (Reply #15)

Mon Oct 2, 2017, 08:14 PM

19. I hope they offer him a nice warm glass of water. n/t

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Response to sheshe2 (Original post)

Mon Oct 2, 2017, 07:48 PM

18. A competent administration would have planned ahead

and had massive help on the way asap. But trump's golf and football players taking a knee are soooo much more important.

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Response to sheshe2 (Original post)

Mon Oct 2, 2017, 08:16 PM

20. Genocide is the correct word.

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Response to sheshe2 (Original post)

Mon Oct 2, 2017, 08:54 PM

21. it is already a public health catastrophe

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Response to Skittles (Reply #21)

Mon Oct 2, 2017, 09:00 PM

22. No Medicine. No Help.

Thousands will die.

Trump will golf and the GOP will remain silent.

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Response to sheshe2 (Original post)

Mon Oct 2, 2017, 09:34 PM

24. This will likely become a mental health crisis, too.

People surviving disasters also may go through PTSD or suffer other mental disorders triggered by such events.

We don't have adequate mental health treatment available on the mainland and PR will be neglected in this regard.

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Response to KY_EnviroGuy (Reply #24)

Mon Oct 2, 2017, 09:45 PM

25. That too.

My heart breaks.

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Response to sheshe2 (Original post)

Mon Oct 2, 2017, 09:51 PM

26. Perhaps an intrepid reporter will follow up on this story

This "Jimmy Olsen" will report on the absolute incompetence of the Trump Administration to protect and care for 3.5 million American citizens.

A book like that could win a Pulitzer Prize.

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Response to sheshe2 (Original post)

Mon Oct 2, 2017, 10:01 PM

27. Don't forget he declared he is a big admirer of Andrew Jackson . Put his portrait in the Oval Office

So genocide fits right in with trump's mindset
make no mistake about intentions

https://indiancountrymedianetwork.com/news/opinions/andrew-jackson-father-genocide-south-eastern-tribes/

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Response to sheshe2 (Original post)

Mon Oct 2, 2017, 10:06 PM

28. K&R

for visibility

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