Myths and facts of 5 diseases
Myth – "Diarrhoea is only a problem in developing countries."
Fact – Although diarrhoea is a significant problem in less developed countries, it also constitutes a large public health burden in the developed countries1.
Almost every child in the world will suffer from diarrhoea caused by rotavirus gastroenteritis before the age of five, with some cases leading to severe illness 2.
Myth – "Diarrhoea will generally clear up in a day or so."
Fact – Sometimes this can be the case, but children suffering from rotavirus gastroenteritis can have diarrhoea which last for up to a week1.
Symptoms or diarrhoea can lead to other health conditions such as dehydration and malnutrition3.