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The disease is the dark horse of the SHTF scenario. It may have something to do with the fact that you cannot pew pew your way out of a disease outbreak.
In our strange TEOTWAWKI fantasy, we are all warfighting rebels who are building back society. That leaves out the fact that many people will be bedridden with nasty diseases brought on by bad water, poor hygiene, and terrible waste management.
One such disease is dysentery.
Dysentery was a civil war killer but is pretty much a rarity in America today. However, it could come roaring back if we lose control of our water and waste management systems. Dysentery can be brought on by a variety of pathogens and is recognized by watery stool and blood present.
Other symptoms of dysentery include things like vomiting, fever, gas, and fatigue.
It’s not fun and in a world, with fewer resources and no doctors, it could be a death sentence.
Treating Dysentery in SHTF
You are going to have to invest in some antibiotics if you are going to deal with this. Dysentery is not a death sentence but you need to have some preps on hand if you are going to deal with it.
Rehydration will be critical so be sure you have hydration powders that can be stirred into water and used to deal with the loss of fluids.
If you choose to go the antibiotics route you need to consult a physician ahead of time. You will need to know about dosage and how to administer these things. It’s not just a tablespoon here and there. You need real medical training.
The best bet on all of this dysentery talk is prevention. You have to wash your hands and maintain good personal hygiene even in SHTF. It’s such a big deal. This is why you should plan on 3 gallons of water per person per day.
Also, make some DIY homemade soap and build that skill.