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Zoonotic risks for acute dystentry

Lead Organisation

Partner Organisations

  • Cambodian Ministry of Health - Department of Communicable Disease Control
  • Department of Animal Production and Health with the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing

Research Aim With Diarrhoea being the third most important health issue in Cambodia - in terms of both deaths and Disability Adjusted Life Years (DALY's) - the Cambodian team has opted to investigate the prevention, and control of zoonotic causes of acute dysentery (Diarrohea). They are focusing primarily on the rural areas of the country where a high proportion of the populace lives in poverty - dependent on livestock and farming for their livelihoods - thus heightening their chance of exposure to zoonotic diseases.

Research Method/s The program is adoption a few distinct approaches to their research:

  • Reviewing an SMS-based surveillance system for communicable diseases that the Ministry of Health has been running for a number of years
  • Household surveying - questionnaires and Participatory Rural Appraisals (PRAs)
  • Longitudinal survey will follow selected households by way of laboratory sampling

Expected Outputs To ascertain proportions of acute dysentry in rural households attributable to zoonotic causes