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The World in Medicine
July 16, 2008

China After the Quake

JAMA. 2008;300(3):271. doi:10.1001/jama.300.3.271-b

Health priorities in the aftermath of the devastating earthquake that struck southwest China on May 12 include communicable disease surveillance and control, ensuring a safe water and food supply, long-term physical rehabilitation of the injured and disabled patients, immediate and long-term mental health and psychosocial support, and other important services, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). As of June 19, 69 180 individuals had been killed, 374 008 were injured, and 17 406 remained missing (http://www.wpro.who.int/sites/eha/disasters/emergency_reports/).