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    • 05 DEC 18

    Study on the association between exposure to animal feces and diarrhoea in children under 5 years of age, in Cambodia.

    A recent impactful publication, by Institut Pasteur du Cambodge among other researchers, focuses on the association between exposure to animal feces and diarrhoea in children under 5 years of age, in Cambodia.

     Adequate nutrient intake and the adoption of appropriate water, sanitation and hygiene measures are largely documented for their positive influence on health. However, the impact of excessive exposure to animal feces on child health is less well documented. This study tests the hypothesis that there is a positive association between exposure to animal feces and diarrhoea in children under 5 years of age, in Cambodia. The presence of livestock and more particularly, pigs near the main household dwelling was found a risk factor associated with a parasite infection. This parasite infection was found to be a protective factor for diarrhoea, yet, associated with stunting. Preventive measures that protect from exposure to animal feces may be most effective to prevent infection with parasites and consequent stunting, thereby improving the potential for a healthy development in young Cambodian children.

    Know more http://www.pasteur-kh.org/2018/10/04/stunting-beyond-acute-diarrhoea-giardia-duodenalis-in-cambodia-nutrients2018oct03/

    Giardia is a microscopic parasite that causes the diarrheal illness known as giardiasis