腹泻治疗先驱

帕洛阿尔托——

本月,海地继今年1月的地震之后又遭飓风“托马斯”(Tomas)重创,随之而来的混乱、伤寒和营养不良使得这个国家霍乱横行,目前已造成近600人死亡,还有至少有8 000人正在医院接受治疗。由于海地严重缺乏清洁水源、基本医疗设施和药品,患病和死亡数字肯定还会上升。

即使没有自然灾害,腹泻也是导致发展中国家5岁以下儿童夭折的第二大祸首(仅次于呼吸疾病),每年造成的死亡人数大约为200万。不过,得益于某新兴生物科技公司的一项简单而巧妙的创新,腹泻可能将像天花和腺鼠疫那样被彻底战胜。

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