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Posted on Mon, Oct 18, 2010 : 9:18 a.m.

Typhoon Megi survivors now likely to face disease

By Juliana Keeping

Residents from the Philippines faced a super Typhoon Megi today, which lashed the country with 140-mile-per-hour winds and huge waves. The storm knocked out power and flooded crops, the Associated Press reported.

It was the worst typhoon in four years, AP said.

The New York Times reported on the aftereffects of Typhoon Ketsana around Manila and nearby provinces almost exactly a year ago.

According to that report, medical concerns included dengue fever and malaria, skin disease, coughs, colds and other diseases encouraged by uncollected debris, unsanitary living conditions and stagnant water.

Meanwhile, it’s likely Typhoon Megi will hit Vietnam, which has already faced flooding that killed 30 over the weekend. Provinces in southeast China are also bracing for the typhoon, the AP reported.

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Juliana Keeping is a health and environment reporter for Reach her at or 734-623-2528. Follow Juliana Keeping on Twitter