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El Niño causes diarrhoea outbreaks

BMJ 1997; 315 doi: (Published 06 December 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;315:1485
  1. Adam Easton
  1. Manila

    El Niño may have begun to affect people's health on both sides of the Pacific Ocean, with an increase in outbreaks of diarrhoea and dehydration.

    Higher seasonal temperatures in South America and droughts in South East Asia brought on by El Niño may have led to higher incidences of the disease. Manila in the Philippines and Lima in Peru have experienced marked increases in the number of cases of diarrhoea, mainly among infants and young …

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