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Aftershocks hamper rescue efforts in Chile

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c1383 (Published 10 March 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c1383
  1. Peter Moszynski
  1. 1London

    Although the earthquake that struck Chile last week was some 350 times more powerful than the one that recently devastated Haiti, its immediate effects were far less disastrous. The total number of confirmed dead has been revised downwards to less than 500—a fraction of the estimated 220 000 deaths in Haiti—and most government installations and infrastructure remain functioning.

    Yet some two million people are temporarily homeless and many still lack electricity, clean water, and sanitation, leading to fears of outbreaks of hepatitis A and other waterborne diseases as well as infections from contaminated injuries. The health ministry has begun vaccination campaigns against hepatitis A and tetanus.

    The area affected by the earthquake …

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