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Pets may cause your child's diarrhea.

PETS MAY CAUSE YOUR CHILD'S DIARRHEA

Investigators at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine have discovered that pestivirus, an organism commonly living in animals, may be the cause of gastroenteritis in children when no other pathogen (disease-causing organism) can be identified. Because the organism is difficult to identify microscopically, its relationship to human illness had not been previously considered.

The research team, led by Dr. Robert H. Yolken, professor of pediatrics at the Baltimore facility, studied children with gastroenteritis primarily in Whiteriver, Ariz., as well as children in the cities of Baltimore and Houston and the country of Bangladesh. (Gastroenterology and Endoscopy News, May 1989; 40:5.)
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Title Annotation:pestivirus and gastroenteritis
Publication:Medical Update
Date:Jul 1, 1989
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