Rats & Diseases: Health Affects From Hurricane Sandy

posted by Dr. Ad Versery Bored @ 0:22 AM
November 9, 2012

     Sarah Newsworthy:  Doc, thanks for contacting me about rising health concerns as the nation tries to cope with Hurricane Sandy’s material costs.  You say we must think about than those monetary destruction of that horrific storm?

Dr. Ad Versery:  Yes Sarah.  While we warn about rats that survived flooded subways coming up in droves to spread their many diseases, we must also prepare for the pollutants Hurricane Sandy leaves behind.

As Tim Wall of news.discovery.com points out:  “The aftermath of Sandy may be around long after the rubble has been cleared . . . The storm’s torrents may have washed high levels of hazardous pollutants from cities and farms into waterways.  The U.S. Geological Survey is currently sampling the waters in areas affected by the massive storm to measure pesticide pollution, E. coli contamination, nutrient levels, and sediment.”  Large quantities of nutrients, pesticides and sediment may flush into rivers, affecting long-term water quality.

Sarah:  My goodness doc.  How much longer can East Coast Americans stand under such stress.  They are freezing in their homes, too fearful of carbon monoxide seeping from generations to sleep, and low on groceries and necessities.

Also, after the comfort of finally having power restored after Sandy, now many are out of power again with this nor’eastern snow storm.  Many have told television interviewers that they don’t know how much more they can take.

Dr. Ad Versery:  Yes that is true.  The medical community must send for more mental health workers.  We must also prepare for deadly that diseases millions of rats can unleash on New York City.  Melissa Breyer lends credence:

“. . . it’s generally estimated that there are more rats than inhabitants (8.3 million) in the city that never sleeps, with some estimates going as high as 32 million. . . . many of the tunnels and stations are still pretty packed with rats, earning the city the distinction of Worst Rat City in the World.  And with Hurricane Sandy’s deposit of massive amounts of water into the subterranean system, many of the rodents may be flooded out of their underground abodes.”

These rats can carry and spread deadly diseases such as leptospirosis, hantavirus, typhus, salmonella and the plague.  And the vermin have incredible ability to climb walls, trees, phone poles, etc.  They can: survive 50 foot falls, jump  four feet, swim a mile, and can move through sewer pipes.

Sarah: Sandy’s final results could be dreadful!  Prayer warriors John, Jude and Michael please offer repentant prayers asking God to forgive the nation’s willful ignorance about Global Warming, and to hold back the tide of these diseases.  Christian prayer books instruct us all to:  “In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth (2 Timothy 2: 25).”

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