Hurricane Sandy

Title: Haiti Sees Small Increase In Number Of Cholera Cases After Hurricane Sandy's Destructive Rains
November 2, 2012
Fox News

Abstract: The Haitian capital saw a small increase in the number of people infected by cholera after last week's destructive rains from Hurricane Sandy, an international medical group said Friday.

Doctors Without Borders said the group's five cholera treatment centers had at least 457 patients Monday. There were 500 patients Tuesday.

Spokesman Mathieu Fortoul said the number of cholera patients had since dropped, with the group's clinics having about 430 patients Friday.

The increase in cases was anticipated. Cholera spreads through water, and Haiti has seen a spike in the number of cases following periods of heavy rainfall. The country is vulnerable in large part because it doesn't have proper sanitation and sewage systems.

Cholera, an intestinal infection caused by the bacterium Vibrio cholera, has sickened more than 600,000 people and killed more than 7,500 others in Haiti since it surfaced several months after the devastating 2010 earthquake, health officials say.

Many people have attributed the disease's introduction to a unit of U.N. peacekeepers from Nepal, where the disease is endemic.

Haiti was spared a direct hit from Hurricane Sandy when it passed to the west the night of Oct. 24, but heavy rain in the storm's outer bands pounded the south and capital for several days.

Officials say at least 54 people died, more than any other Caribbean country. The storm also destroyed 70 percent of the crops in southern Haiti and caused widespread deaths of livestock, authorities say.

The rainfall compounded the misery for the some 370,000 people still living in flimsy shelters as a result of the earthquake (Fox News, 2012).

Title: Virus Breaks Out At NYC School Being Used As Storm Shelter
November 6, 2012
NBC New York

A Brooklyn high school being used as a shelter for Sandy victims has to be shut down and sanitized after about a dozen storm refugees came down with a stomach virus.

Mayor Bloomberg said John Jay High School will be closed Wednesday instead of opening for classes as scheduled.

"The school will be thoroughly cleaned and then reopened," Bloomberg said.

The mayor said none of the sickened storm victims was severely ill. The cleaning is being done as a precaution, he said.

Thousands of city residents from low-lying areas stayed in shelters as Sandy smashed the tri-state.

Bloomberg also said 10 schools that suffered storm damage or lost power will open Wednesday. The majority of city schools reopened on Monday.

Another 47 schools still won't be open Wednesday. Bloomberg said parents should check to see where those students will need to report (NBC New York, 2012).

Title: Hurricane Sandy Raises The Dead On Tangier Island
November 15, 2012

Days after Hurricane Sandy churned the Chesapeake Bay and battered Tangier, Carol Moore went for a walk. A part of Tangier Island, even at low tide, is barely above the waves. No one lives there, but it wasn’t always like that.

“A thriving community. My great grandfather owned a general store up here. And there was a school and a church,” says Carol.

A hurricane in the 1930s forced out the townspeople. They retreated to the main part of Tangier, leaving behind the artifacts of their lives. Time and tide washed them away, or buried them, until recently. Among the shells and the driftwood, Carol spotted bottles, a button and then bones.

“I was just walking along the shore and ran across five graves and three skeletons, a couple skulls and lots of bones,” says Carol.

This section of Tangier Island, already ravaged by centuries of storms, took another severe blow from Hurricane Sandy. The erosion uncovered pieces of the island`s past, including a graveyard.

You can see the outlines of the caskets on what is now the beach. The button is from a child’s burial shirt; his tiny skeleton now exposed to the bay. The recently uncovered headstones show the burials were for the Pruitt family in the 1800s. The graveyard was once well inland, but now the tide laps against it.

A look into Tangier’s past also tells its future. The island is losing around 19 feet of land a year. A jetty has helped along the island’s southwestern side. But islanders say they rest of the land needs protection, either an expanded jetty or a seawall. Carol and the other 500 who live there say they are running out of time.

“Another storm like Isabel or Ernesto could wipe us out,” says Carol.

Hurricane Sandy unearthed some of the island’s hidden history. Another storm like that, Carol says, could make the entire island a memory.

“Everybody`s worried about that,” she says (WTKR, 2012).

Title: Far Rockaway Cough Post Sandy
November 15, 2012
My Fox NY

Abstract: A bad cough is going around Far Rockaway, Queens. It is just one example of the post-storm health problems resident of hard-hit areas are exposed to in the aftermath.

Brett Scudder, a community activist, says he has come across many people who have a cough and migraine headaches.

Dr. Manny Alvarez of Fox News says migraines and respiratory problems could be signs of toxic exposure.

The city's Department of Health says recent testing shows outdoor air quality is good. But officials warn about indoor air quality.

Airborne toxins could come from mold in a flooded basement. We saw mold covering the walls of one basement. Health officials warn people to wear gloves and masks when cleaning out the debris.

Both my photographer and I started getting dizzy; we were down in the basement for just a few minutes.

Volunteers with Heart to Heart, a mobile medical unit in Far Rockaway, say respiratory illness has been the second biggest problem with people who have come in for help, right behind high blood pressure from stress (My Fox NY, 2012). $

Title: Migration Officials Say Cholera In Haiti On Rise Since Hurricane Sandy
November 16, 2012
Fox News

The world's largest agency that deals with global migration says cholera is again on the rise in Haiti.

The International Organization for Migration says Haitian officials have confirmed 3,593 cholera cases and another 837 suspected cases since Hurricane Sandy's passage.

IOM spokesman Jumbe Omari Jumbe told reporters Friday in Geneva "the numbers are going up" particularly in camps around the capital, Port-au-Prince.

He said his organization has responded by handing out about 10,000 cholera kits in 31 camps this week "badly hit by cholera in the area."

Cholera is a bacterial infection that spreads through water, and Haiti's lack of proper sanitation and sewage systems makes the country more vulnerable.

Haiti was spared a direct hit from Hurricane Sandy on Oct. 24, but received heavy rain for several days (Fox News, 2012).