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Medical Term:


Pronunciation: pig'bel


A type of necrotizing enteritis endemic in the Papua New Guinea highlands caused by the B toxin of Clostridium perfringens type C; occurs predominantly in children because of poor immunity to type B toxin and a low level of intestinal proteases, resulting from a diet (mostly sweet potatoes) low in protein.

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