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Gastrointestinal infections

Davidson H. Hamer and Sherwood L. Gorbach

in Oxford Textbook of Medicine

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Published in print May 2010 | ISBN: 9780199204854
Published online May 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199570973 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199204854.003.1518

Series: Oxford Textbooks

Gastrointestinal infections

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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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Subjects: Gastroenterology

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