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Sandy leaves behind threat of infectious disease

  • So far, Sandy has killed 122 people -- 67 in the Caribbean, 54 in the U.S., and one in Canada
  • Water concerns? 'Big time', reporter says

There’s no doubt that the effects of Superstorm Sandy have been devastating.

People have lost their businesses, homes and many are still stranded. The massive storm has wiped out roads, bridges and mass transit systems as well in the hardest hit areas.

So far, Sandy has killed 122 people -- 67 in the Caribbean, 54 in the United States and one in Canada. Nearly half of the deaths have been reported in New York.

On Wednesday night, HLN’s Dr. Drew asked journalist Rita Cosby, who was stationed in Hoboken, NJ, if there were concerns about infectious disease in the community.

“Big-time,” she replied. “They're extremely concerned about the water. They said do not go in the water above 2 feet. What it is -- it's a combination of the water-- of oil -- that sewage is coming up -- also rain -- and then also you had the Hudson River coming in.”

Hear the full report in the video clip above.

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