Household Environmental Conditions Are Associated with Enteropathy and Impaired Growth in Rural Bangladesh

This journal paper by Lin et al. (2013) published in the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, summarises the findings of study that assessed the relationship of faecal environmental contamination and environmental enteropathy in Bangladesh. The study compared markers of environmental enteropathy, parasite burden, and growth in 119 children across rural Bangladesh living in different levels of household environmental cleanliness defined by objective indicators of water quality and sanitary and hand-washing infrastructure. It found results that were consistent with the hypothesis that environmental contamination causes growth faltering mediated through environmental enteropathy.

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