Author Contributions: Dr Alam had full access to all of the data in the study and takes responsibility for the integrity of the data and the accuracy of the data analysis.
Study concept and design: Alam, Faruque, Gyr, Salam, Sack.
Acquisition of data: Alam, Yunus, Faruque, Sattar, Parvin, Ahmed, Salam, Sack.
Analysis and interpretation of data: Alam, Yunus, Faruque, Gyr, Sattar, Parvin, Ahmed, Salam, Sack.
Drafting of the manuscript: Alam, Yunus, Gyr, Sattar, Parvin, Ahmed, Salam, Sack.
Critical revision of the manuscript for important intellectual content: Alam, Yunus, Faruque, Gyr, Salam, Sack.
Statistical analysis: Alam, Faruque, Gyr, Sattar, Parvin, Ahmed, Salam.
Obtained funding: Alam, Salam, Sack.
Administrative, technical, or material support: Alam, Yunus, Faruque, Gyr, Sattar, Parvin, Ahmed, Salam, Sack.
Study supervision: Alam, Yunus, Faruque, Gyr, Sattar, Parvin, Ahmed, Salam, Sack.
Financial Disclosures: None reported.
Funding/Support: This study was supported by the US Agency for International Development (USAID), Dhaka, Bangladesh Mission, under the terms of Cooperative Agreement 388-A-00-97-00032-00 with the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research Bangladesh (ICDDRB): Centre for Health and Population Research, and by the support of the Centre's core donors.
Role of the Sponsor: The USAID approved the study protocol before funding; however, they were not involved in any procedures (conduct, data acquisition, analysis or interpretation of data) of the study. None of the authors in this study has any affiliations with any company that makes oral rehydration solution.
Disclaimer: The opinions expressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of USAID. The ICDDRB acknowledges with gratitude the commitment of USAID to the Centre's research efforts.
Acknowledgment: The donors who provide unrestricted support to the Centre's research efforts include the Australian International Development Agency, Government of Bangladesh, Canadian International Development Agency, The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Government of the Netherlands, Government of Sri Lanka, Swedish International Development Cooperative Agency, Swiss Development Cooperation, and the Department for International Development, England. The authors acknowledge the excellent services and assistance of the physicians and nurses of the Dhaka and Matlab hospitals of ICDDRB.