Health Issues After Hurricane Matthew Could Include Increased Zika

As the remnants of Hurricane Matthew return to the Atlantic Ocean, millions of residents in Florida, South Carolina and North Carolina are grappling with the damage left in the wake of massive storm.

At least 22 people have died in the U.S. and at least three million coastal residents were evacuated. Flooding remains a concern in North Carolina, according to Governor Pat McCrory.

Although the skies have cleared, health experts warn that related injuries and illnesses can still occur while people start to rebuild.

“The major health effects of hurricane are injuries — acute injuries and then injuries that are sustained during the clean-up phase,” Dr. William Schaffner, an infectious disease expert at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, told ABC News. These injuries are commonly sustained as people clear debris or “cut down trees and work on restoring on what’s wrong on their…

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