Spatial distribution of watery diarrhoea in children: Identification of 'risk areas' in a rural community in Bangladesh

J. Myaux, M. Ali, A. Felsenstein, J. Chakraborty, A. De Francisco

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Abstract

To assess the geographic variation of acute watery diarrhoea in children 0 to 5 years old in rural Bangladesh, all cases of 'cholera-like' diarrhoea were plotted on the map. A clustering pattern was noticed, and validated by a nonparametric clustering test for in-homogeneous population. Several risk areas for the disease were identified. In these areas, the point prevalence (8.7%) was notably higher than outside the areas (0.41%), (95% confidence interval, 15.55-29.30). Parents' education, population density and use of sanitary latrines were significantly related to the risk areas (p ≤ 0.001). The results of this study indicate that computer-assisted mapping may be useful in defining and monitoring risk areas for watery diarrhoea in children.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)181-186
Number of pages6
JournalHealth and Place
Volume3
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1997

Keywords

  • Clustering
  • Developing countries
  • Diarrhoea

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies

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