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The Journal of Health, Population and Nutrition
ISSN: 1606-0997
EISSN: 1606-0997
Vol. 31, No. s1, 2013, pp. 17-29
Bioline Code: hn13068
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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The Journal of Health, Population and Nutrition, Vol. 31, No. s1, 2013, pp. 17-29

 en Estimating the Burden of Acute Gastrointestinal Illness in Grenada
Glasgow, Lindonne M.; Forde, Martin S.; Antoine, Samuel C.; Pérez, Enrique & Indar, Lisa


This is the first study conducted in Grenada, with a population of approximately 108,000, to quantify the magnitude, distribution, and burden of self-reported acute gastroenteritis (AGE). A retrospective population survey was conducted in October 2008 and April 2009 and a laboratory survey from October 2008 to September 2009. The estimated monthly prevalence of AGE was 10.7% (95% CI 9.0-12.6; 1.4 episodes/ person-year), with a median of 3 days of illness. Of those who reported AGE, 31% sought medical care (stool samples were requested from 12.5%); 10% took antibiotics; 45% took non-prescribed medication; and 81% reported restricted activity. Prevalence of AGE was significantly higher among children aged <5 years (23.5%, p<0.001). Of the AGE stool samples submitted to the laboratory for analysis, 12.1% were positive for a foodborne pathogen. Salmonella enteritidis check for this species in other resources was the most common foodborne pathogen associated with AGE-related illness. The estimated percentage of underreporting of syndromic AGE to the Ministry of Health was 69%. In addition, for every laboratory-confirmed foodborne/AGE pathogen, it was estimated that there were 316 additional cases occurring in the population. The minimum estimated cost associated with treatment for AGE was US$ 703,950 each year, showing that AGE has a potentially significant economic impact in Grenada.

Acute gastroenteritis; Burden of Illness Study; Diarrhoea; Foodborne diseases; Foodborne pathogen; Laboratory survey; Population survey; Surveillance system; Grenada

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