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Curtin University medic to help typhoon victims

Infectious diseases expert Linda Selvey will advise the World Health Organization on protecting public health in areas of the Philippines devastated by Typhoon Haiyan.

Selvey, director of health sciences at Curtin University in Perth, will work with the Philippines health department to monitor and prevent the spread of contagious diseases.

The powerful typhoon caused catastrophic damage across the Philippines in early November, destroying more than 500,000 homes, flattening coastal cities and leaving around 4 million people homeless. There are fears the death toll could be as high as 7,000, with over 3,000 people confirmed dead, and thousands still missing. The WHO estimates 400,000 people are housed in around 1,600 evacuation centres, with more than 18,000 people suffering injuries.

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