NEW YORK — The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Tuesday that more than one million Americans have had diarrhea-like symptoms in the past three years.
About 14.2 million Americans had diarrhea in the three years prior, with 6.6 million of those requiring hospitalization, according to the agency.
Diarrhea-related infections are a significant problem, particularly among older adults and those with pre-existing conditions.
The U.N. says diarrhea-associated hospitalizations, deaths and disabilities cost $3.8 billion a year.
Diaper rash can also lead to infections such as pneumonia, bronchitis and food poisoning, and the condition is often fatal.
Diapers are often discarded because they’re difficult to clean or carry around.