Diarrhoea is a major public health problem in many parts of the world. It is a leading cause of illness and death in children worldwide, especially in places where children are living in insanitary conditions. The disease diarrhoea is characterised by loose and more frequent bowel movements in a person than normal. Some people may vomit as well.
Prognosis of diarrhoea
Death in diarrhoea: Diarrhoea is a leading cause of death in children living in insanitary conditions. World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that about 3.5 million deaths occur each year because of diarrhoea. Most of these deaths (about 80%) occur in children under the age of 5 years. Death and complications due to diarrhoea are common in children as a smaller amount of fluid loss leads to dehydration, compared to adults.