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Harvey and Irma's lingering health threats

Hurricanes Harvey and Irma caused immediate, widespread damage from strong winds and flooding in Texas and Florida, but experts are now warning of longer-term health risks. In both states, doctors are on the lookout for an uptick in respiratory problems, skin infections and mosquito-borne diseases brought on by the water and mold the storms left behind.

“We’ll be watching for skin infections from people who have had direct contact with floodwaters, especially if they’ve had open wounds," fellow Peter Hotez said in an interview with Vox. Click here to read the full article.