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Guidelines for the Management of Acute Diarrhea After a Disaster

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers Guidelines for the Management of Acute Diarrhea After a Disaster. Increased incidence of acute diarrhea may occur in post-disaster situations where access to electricity, clean water, and sanitary facilities are limited. In addition, usual hygiene practices may be disrupted and healthcare seeking behaviors may be altered. The primary goal of treating any form of diarrhea—viral, bacterial, parasitic, or non-infectious—is preventing dehydration or appropriately rehydrating persons presenting with dehydration. The following are general guidelines for healthcare providers for the evaluation and treatment of patients presenting with acute diarrhea in these situations. However, specific patient treatment should be determined on the basis of the healthcare provider’s clinical judgment. Any questions should be directed to the local health department. Type: External Resource Read More