oa Central African Journal of Medicine - Acute gastroenteritis in African and European adults in Rhodesia

Volume 16, Issue 10
  • ISSN : 0008-9176



(1) Acute gastroenteritis one of the most common acute disorders encountered in the African. Although it is far more commonly encountered in children, it is by no means uncommon in the adult in whom it may occasionally prove fatal. There were five deaths in a series of 48 cases admitted to the medical department of the University College. Although more adult cases are met with in the warmer months of the year, the disease is by no means uncommon in the cold season. (2) A peculiar form of gastroenteritis is recorded in the European adult of Rhodesia. It affects the male and female adult equally. It has a characteristic acute onset with vomiting and the passing of watery motions. A little mucus or blood may be noticed later, but this is unusual. After several days the acute diarrhoea becomes less, but the patient continues to pass loose motions a few or more times a day. The condition may last for several or more months, but it always seems to clear entirely.

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