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The World in Medicine
August 20, 2008

Poor Sanitation

JAMA. 2008;300(7):782. doi:10.1001/jama.300.7.782-d

More than 2.5 billion persons lack access to adequate sanitation, according to a report released last month by the World Health Organization and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) (

The largest affected populations are in Africa and southern Asia. Poor sanitation particularly affects children; diarrheal diseases are a major cause of death in young children.

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