Diarrhea Among Children in Developing Countries

  • James P. NataroEmail author
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 764)


Diarrhea continues to stand among the most important causes of global morbidity and mortality in children under 5 years of age. Although the introduction of oral rehydration and other case-management strategies have reduced acute diarrhea fatalities, many of the survivors develop persistent diarrhea and/or deficiencies of growth and cognition. Thus understanding the true global burden of diarrhea requires attention to acute diarrhea as well is its sequelae. To understand the etiology of moderate to severe diarrhea among children in high mortality areas of sub-Saharan Africa and south Asia we performed a comprehensive case-control study of children under 5 years of age at seven sites. Each site employed an identical case-control study design and each utilized a uniform comprehensive set of microbiological assays to identify the likely bacterial, viral and protozoal etiologies. Results of the studies will inform diarrhea prevention and management efforts worldwide.


Enteric Pathogen Acute Diarrhea Enteric Infection Oral Rehydration Salt Oral Rehydration Therapy 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PediatricsUniversity of Virginia School of Medicine, University of Virginia Children’s HospitalCharlottesvilleUSA

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