As hurricane nears Mexico, Atlanta nonprofit sending medical aid

An Atlanta-based health organization is packaging medicines and medical supplies to send to Mexico to help people who may be injured or sickened in the expected devastation of Hurricane Patricia.

MAP International, a global health nonprofit, could send a first shipment of supplies as early as Monday, spokesman Mitch Leff said. Getting medical aid to the area fast can help prevent the spread of disease.

It’s anticipated that Patricia, which has been labeled the most dangerous storm in history, will make landfall on the Mexican Pacific Coast on Friday night. With winds of 200 miles per hour and heavy rains, there is the potential for many deaths as well as illness and injuries, according to the organization. Children are the most vulnerable and need antibiotics and oral re hydration salts for dehydration and diarrhea.

Contributions can be made online at www.map.org/Patricia.