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Gastroenteritis and Intractable Diarrhea

  • Assunta Braito


The term gastroenteritis (GE) is applied to diarrhea and vomiting caused by infectious agents involving the upper small bowel and/or colon. Diarrheal diseases are the leading cause of morbidity and mortality in infants and children under 5 years. Ten million children under 5 years die each year worldwide and 19% of these deaths are attributable to infectious diarrhea. There are an estimated 25 million neonates with gastroenteritis with a case/fatality rate of 0.6% [1].


Diarrheal Disease Yersinia Enterocolitica Acute Diarrhea Secretory Diarrhea Infantile Diarrhea 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Assunta Braito
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  1. 1.Department of Molecular Biology, Division of Infectious DiseasesUniversity of SienaSienaItaly

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