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World Health Organization : Year 2004 ; Communicable Diseases and Emerging Infectious Diseases ; Department of Control, Prevention, And Eradication Zfk, No. 2004.6 - in English: Acute Diarrheal Diseases in Complex Emergencies ; Critical Steps

By World Health Organization


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Medical Reference Publication

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THE PROBLEM A complex emergency is a situation affecting large civilian populations facing war or civil strife, food shortages, and population displacement resulting in excess mortality and morbidity. In endemic areas, all disasters, natural and man-made, that adversely affect water supply and sanitation can result in outbreaks of acute diarrhoeal disease. The disease is usually transmitted by faecally contaminated water or food. Outbreaks may be of two kinds: ? acute watery diarrhoea: cholera ? acute bloody diarrhoea: Shigella dysentery.

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