John Auerbach, director of the Boston Public Health Commission talks about the problems created by Hurricane Katrina which hit the Gulf Coast a week ago.
In New Orleans rescue and recovery operations continue today but they're going slowly and are facing considerable criticism.
Rescuers and residents not evacuated face squalid conditions and are surrounded by filthy water.
There are predictions that when the house-to-house search for bodies begins thousands will be found.
All of this has public health officials worried about outbreaks of disease and infection.
Click the listen link above to hear Bob Oakes' interview with John Auerbach.
This program aired on September 5, 2005. The audio for this program is not available.