Research, Interrupted—and Refocused

Public health researchers in Puerto Rico are shifting gears to analyze hurricane damage.

While many labs are at diminished capacity, researchers are helping to identify and evaluate hurricane impacts like contamination of drinking water or the potential for a Zika outbreak. Teams often work in difficult or dangerous conditions to record data outside the scope of the work that brought them to the island in the first place.

“This kind of work we’re doing is not because it would be interesting to do,” says researcher José Cordero of the University of Georgia in Athens. “It has to be done now because a few years from now, it’s too late.”


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