Frequently Asked Questions on the management of cadavers Information for the public 1. Do dead bodies cause epidemics?

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Frequently Asked Questions on the management of cadavers Information for the public 1. Do dead bodies cause epidemics?

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No. The bodies of people who have died in a disaster do not cause epidemics. In a disaster, people die as a result of injury, drowning or fire. They are not likely to have epidemic-causing diseases such as cholera, typhoid, malaria or plague when they die. In most cases, those who have survived are more likely to be spreading diseases.

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