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Dead Bodies from Natural Disasters do not Pose Health Risks – Red Cross, WHO

According to the Red Cross and World Health Organisation (WHO), dead bodies from natural disasters or armed conflicts do not generally pose health risk.

The international organisations made this declaration on the verified Facebook page of the WHO yesterday and that while the bodies do not cause danger to health, they should be kept safe to give families closure.

“The bodies of people who have died following wounds sustained in a natural disaster or armed conflict almost never pose a health danger to communities.

“This is because victims who have died from trauma, drowning or fire do not normally carry organisms that cause disease, when managed with common precautions.

“It is important that communities have the tools and information they need to manage dead bodies safely and with dignity. This helps ensure closure for surviving family members.”