Sharing Sanitation Facility Between Households Increases Risk of Diarrhea in Children Under 5: Study

5 May 2016 by OOSKAnews Correspondent
IOWA CITY, IA, United States

Sharing a sanitation facility between households can increase the risk of moderate-to-severe diarrhea in children under 5, according to new results from the Global Enteric Multicenter Study (GEMS), a case-controlled study of pediatric diarrhea at seven sites in Africa and South Asia.The new findings, published this week in the journal PLOS Medicine, suggest that access to private sanitation facilities should remain a global health priority.In their report, “Sanitation and Hygiene-Specific Risk Factors for Moderate-to-Severe Diarrhea in Young Children in the Global Enteric Multicenter Study, 2007–2011: Case-Control Study,” researchers from the University of Iowa College of Public Health and colleagues compared 8,592 children under 5 with clinically and laboratory confirmed moderate to severe diarrhea and 12,390 asymptomatic children to determine the associations between household sanitation and incidence of diarrheal disease...

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