What is the incidence of acute diarrhea?

Updated: Jan 31, 2020
  • Author: Stefano Guandalini, MD; Chief Editor: Carmen Cuffari, MD  more...
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A prospective study conducted in the United States in 604 children aged 3-36 months in community settings before the introduction of rotavirus vaccine found that the highest incidence of acute diarrhea was in January and August, with an overall incidence of 2.21 episodes per person-year. [8] Close to 90% of episodes were acute (ie, lasting < 14 d, with a median duration of 2 d and a median of 6 stools per day


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