Researchers In Puerto Rico Work To Quantify Hurricane Maria’s Impacts On Various Health Indicators

Nature: Puerto Rico struggles to assess hurricane’s health effects
“…[T]he [research] team — co-led by José Cordero of the University of Georgia in Athens — has managed to contact several hundred women to begin assessing whether Hurricane Maria has worsened drinking-water contamination, stress, and infectious disease that could harm developing fetuses. This wasn’t what the researchers set out to study six years ago when they started a project to assess the impact of pollution on pre-term births. But Cordero’s team is one of several research groups that have scrambled to quantify Hurricane Maria’s immediate health impacts, even as team members struggle to fulfill their own basic needs [on the island]…” (Reardon, 11/5).