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This Crap Isn’t Funny Any More – Diarrhea Can Kill You


There we were, driving down to the land of salt water and waves for a winter vacation … when the norovirus hit. Good readers, I was never more glad to have our emergency med kit than when raging diarrhea hit during a very long drive on a Christmas day (no stores were open). More critically, diarrheal diseases historically have, and in some parts of the world still do, reduce average lifespans by more than a decade — mostly by killing children under five. To most of us with good medical care handy, they’re just very unpleasant. To a young child without access to IV fluids, they are often a death sentence. That’s why I felt the need to bring up such an unpleasant topic.
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