Tropical Bacterial Gastrointestinal Infections

Sadia Shakoor, Anita K.M. Zaidi, Rumina Hasan

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The bacterial gastrointestinal infections cholera, salmonellosis, shigellosis, campylobacteriosis, and diarrheagenic Escherichia coli are prevalent in tropical regions. These diseases impose an immense cost and contribute significantly to childhood morbidity and mortality. Management is hampered by limited access to diagnostic facilities and by antimicrobial drug resistance. Rapid point-of-care assays aim to reduce treatment delay and encourage rational use of antimicrobial agents. Control through safe drinking water, good sanitation, and vaccination against typhoid and cholera in high-risk populations is recommended. Vaccines against other Shigella and diarrheagenic E coli infections are under development.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)437-453
Number of pages17
JournalInfectious Disease Clinics of North America
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2012


  • Antimicrobial resistance
  • Cholera
  • Diarrhea
  • Enteric fever
  • Enteric vaccines
  • Salmonella
  • Shigella
  • Tropical infections


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