Drought occurs when rain, snow and other precipitation are lower than average for an extended period of time. Oregonians are familiar with drought, but climate changes are likely to increase the duration and effects.
The health impacts of drought are numerous and far
reaching. Some drought-related health effects are experienced in the
short-term and can be directly observed and measured. However, the slow
rise or chronic nature of drought can result in longer term, indirect
health risks that are not always easy to anticipate or monitor.
Health risks commonly associated with drought
- quantity and quality of drinking water
- increased recreational risks
- poorer air quality
- impacts to sanitation and hygiene
- changes in access and affordability of foods
- increased incidence of mental and physical illness and disease
- economic impacts
Related Public Health Division programs and resources
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