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Virginia Tech researchers help people in remote Africa respond to diarrheal disease
September 17, 2013
Researchers at Virginia Tech and the University of Florida undertook a study of diarrheal disease outbreaks in Botswana that relied only on the use of a simple questionnaire and existing hospital staff and infrastructure. The approach does not require increased human or economic resources, and it can give immediate insight into public health threats and disease outbreaks where this type of information otherwise would not be acquired.
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