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Floods and Foods as Potential Carriers of Disease Between Urban and Rural Areas

  • Gia Thanh NguyenEmail author
  • Jian Pu
  • Toru Watanabe
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Abstract

Flood is one of the most common natural disasters which affect human life around the world. Floods not only threaten people’s lives, but they also bring additional risks for diseases resulted from exposure to contaminated floodwater. This chapter reviews the literature on the impact of floods on human health, demonstrating the significance of indirect route of exposure in health risk management, mainly via food contamination induced by floods, as well as direct exposure route (i.e., intake of contaminants in floodwater). Based on the literature review, we hypothesize that floods and foods play important roles as potential carriers of disease or health risk agents between urban and rural areas.

Keywords

Flood Food Health risk Rural Urban 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Food, Life and Environmental SciencesYamagata UniversityTsuruokaJapan
  2. 2.Department of Environmental and Occupational Health, College of Medicine and PharmacyHue UniversityHue CityVietnam
  3. 3.Faculty of Information Networking for Innovation and DesignToyo UniversityTokyoJapan

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