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Rapid stool test decreases recurring pediatric diarrhea in Botswana

May 26, 2015

Treatment targeting specific enteropathogens, detected by novel rapid-stool testing, decreased the incidence of diarrhea in children in Botswana with gastroenteritis, according to a recently published study.

“For many of the leading causes of severe diarrhea in children, there are effective low-cost treatments available,” Jeffrey M. Pernica, MD, FRCPC, from the division of infectious disease and department of pediatrics at McMaster University, said in a press release. “The issue, however, is that up until recently it was not possible to determine the specific pathogen causing illness in a timely manner.”

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