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DiarrheaW kills 2.2 million people a year, most of whom are children. It accounts for 4 percent of deaths globally.[1]


Diarrhea is defined as "abnormally frequent intestinal evacuations with more or less fluid stools" [2]. Severe diarrhea can cause dehydration which is especially dangerous in infants and children. The mainstay of therapy is [[Oral rehydration therapy and the mainstays of prevention are effective sanitation and hygiene education.

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  1. World Health Organization
  2. Mirriam-Webster/NIH Medical Dictionary