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Gastrointestinal infections 

Gastrointestinal infections

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Gastrointestinal infections
Author(s):

Davidson H. Hamer

and Sherwood L. Gorbach

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199204854.003.1518
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date: 23 May 2017

Gastrointestinal infections, especially diarrhoea, are responsible for substantial morbidity, mortality, and socioeconomic penalties worldwide. In poor countries, the greatest burden of disease is borne by infants and young children, although older people and immunocompromised patients are also at great risk of severe and complicated disease. Poor sanitation, inadequate water supplies, and globalization of food marketing increase the risk of large epidemics of food- and water-borne outbreaks of gastrointestinal disease....

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