Diarrhoea

Diarrhoea

What is diarrhea?

Diarrhea is characterized by loose, watery stools or a frequent need to have a bowel movement.
It frequently causes dehydration due to excessive loss of water with stools.

What are the symptoms of diarrhea?

Loose watery stools, vomiting, fever, and dehydration

What is the global scenario like?

According to WHO 2004 estimates, 527 000 children aged <5 years die each year from vaccine-preventable rotavirus infections most of these children live in low-income countries.

What is Diarrhea status in Pakistan?

Incidence of Diarrhea due to Rota Virus in Pakistan is estimated to be around 24% according to sentinel sites’ data.

How do you prevent diarrhea?

Rota virus can be prevented by vaccination of children. Rota Vaccine is given at the age of 6 and 10 week according to the EPI schedule. Improvement of hygiene and sanitation are also recommended along with vaccination, in order to minimize chances of disease.

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