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The World in Medicine
October 20, 2010

Health Risks in Pakistan

JAMA. 2010;304(15):1659. doi:10.1001/jama.2010.1450

Even as waters continued to recede in flood-ravaged Pakistan in September, health risks remained a major concern, said United Nations (UN) officials. The disaster, noted UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on September 19 at a high-level ministerial meeting, is one of the “biggest, most complex natural disasters we have faced in the history of the United Nations” (http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=35990&Cr=pakistan&Cr1). So far, the flooding has affected some 20 million people and 20% of Pakistan's land.

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