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  High Risk Groups

People at highest risk for health complications following a natural disaster are those with pre-existing health problems. These individuals may suffer considerably due to lack of available medical care during this time.

Anyone displaced or otherwise traumatized is understandably susceptible to compromised mental health. In particular, people with pre-existing mental illness and addiction disorders are at high risk of exacerbation and relapse.

  Health Risks

Common ailments of concern in the wake of a disaster include:

Other possible concerns include:

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