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Health Zone: 5 things to know about Gastroenteritis



Gastroenteritis also is known as stomach flu is a viral intestinal infection caused majorly by ingesting contaminated food or water. Symptoms include vomiting/nausea, stomach upset, watery stool amongst all others.

Here are five things you should know about gastroenteritis:

– It can be foodborne, waterborne or contracted from an infected person.

– It is hardly deadly except in infants and adults with a compromised immune system.

– It cannot be treated with antibiotics as the use of such medication can prolong the infection.

– Symptoms include diarrhea and vomiting caused by a bacterial or viral tummy bug.

– There’s no effective treatment for viral gastroenteritis, so prevention is key.

Additional symptoms and signs of gastroenteritis may include:

  • Nausea and vomiting.
  • Abdominal pain and cramping.
  • Mild fever and chills.
  • Loss of appetite.
  • Headache and muscle aches.
  • Tiredness and general body weakness.
  • Incontinence (loss of control over bowel motions)
  • Poor feeding in infants.


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