PERSISTING CONSEQUENCE OF INTESTINAL INFECTION: SUMMARY OF THE SEMINAR
Infectious diarrhoea is a global public health problem with high mortality and morbidity, particularly among children of the developing world. Each year, approximately 750,000 children under five years old die from severe, dehydrating diarrhoea and dysentery worldwide, and millions more are hospitalized, mostly in low-resource countries (Liu et al., 2012). In addition, many more children suffer from diarrheal disease-associated malnutrition and its adverse consequences on physical and cognitive development, which perpetuates the cycle of poverty.
The aim of this conference and report was to assess positions in terms of epidemiological and pathological-aetiological understanding of the phenomenon, identify gaps in knowledge, and describe future directions related to the challenge of persisting consequences of intestinal infection.
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