Malnutrition and Gastrointestinal and Respiratory Infections in Children: A Public Health Problem

  • Rodríguez Leonor C
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Abstract

Infectious disease is the major cause of morbidity and mortality in developing countries, particularly in children. Increasing evidence suggests that protein-calorie malnutrition is the underlying reason for the increased susceptibility to infections observed in these areas. Moreover, certain infectious diseases also cause malnutrition, which can result in a vicious cycle. Malnutrition and bacterial gastrointestinal and respiratory infections represent a serious public health problem.

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  • gastrointestinal infections
  • immune response dysfunction
  • malnourished children
  • malnutrition
  • respiratory infections

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  • Cervantes Elsa and Ortiz Rocío Rodríguez Leonor

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