Diarrhea Mortality Improving

A  recent story from NPR indicates that globally diarrhea deaths are on the decline, ~30%, from 2005-2015.  In wealthy countries, there has been a mild increase, likely related to Clostridium difficile infection and the use of antibiotics.  The article cautions that data from some parts of the world are questionable due to upheaval.

Full Link: A Good News Story About Diarrhea -With One Surprising Exception

An excerpt:

An infection by E. coli, Cryptosporidium, Shigella or rotavirus, and the resulting diarrhea, is often a death sentence in much of the world. In 2005, about 1.6 million people died from diarrhea-related diseases, and roughly 770,000 of them were kids under 5. But that number has been steadily dropping, as a new study points out…

Published this month in The Lancet, the study shows diarrhea-related deaths have declined about 20 percent from 2005 to 2015 for all ages to 1.3 million people, and 35 percent for children under 5 to about 500,000 children during the same time period.