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Year : 2013  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 112-116

The various etiological agents in the causation of gastroenteritis

1 Department of Preventive and Social Medicine, Maharajah's Institute of Medical Sciences (MIMS), Vizianagaram, Andhra Pradesh, India
2 Department of Paediatrics, Steel Plant General Hospital, Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, India

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Ujwala U Ukey
Department of Preventive and Social Medicine, Maharajah's Institute of Medical Sciences, Nellimarla, Vizianagaram - 535 217, Andhra Pradesh
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DOI: 10.4103/1755-6783.115173

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Over the past many decades, the incidence of gastroenteritis has not changed much, although overall diarrhoeal mortality has declined. For children aged less than five years in developing countries, a median of 3.2 episodes of diarrhoea occurred per child-year, which is similar to that reported previously. Estimates of mortality indicate that 4.9 children per 1000 per year died in the developing regions as a result of gastroenteritis in the first 5 years of life. A wide assortment of organisms causes gastroenteritis. Thorough search regarding the subject was done in the library textbooks, journals as well as on internet. The concussed data on various etiological agents of gastroenteritis was limited in the journals. This article is an attempt to put forth the varied etiology of gastroenteritis as a disease.

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