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A woman walks down a flooded road during the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey on Aug. 30, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)MoreCloseclosemore
A woman walks down a flooded road during the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey on Aug. 30, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)

The breakdown of infrastructure in the Houston area, including water and sewage systems, is already causing some health problems.

Dr. Amesh Adalja (@AmeshAA) of Johns Hopkins University's Center for Health Security tells Here & Now's Robin Young we can expect to see an upswing in gastrointestinal illness due to contaminated water. He also says he expects hospitals to be inundated with patients they don't know who have special care needs.

This segment aired on September 1, 2017.

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