This Common Condition Caused By Bacteria Or Viruses May Cause Diarrhea

Often mistakenly called "the stomach flu," gastroenteritis actually has nothing to do with influenza ("the flu"). Gastroenteritis is actually caused by a bacteria or by parasites. People might ingest these foreign bodies by eating food that is contaminated with them. The intestines and the stomach can become irritated and result in symptoms that include diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, and abdominal cramping.

Causes of gastroenteritis

  • Bacteria
    • Escherichia coli
    • Salmonella
    • Shigella
  • Viruses
    • Norwalk virus
    • Rotavirus
  • Parasites
    • Cryptosporidia
    • Entamoeba histolytica
    • Giardia lamblia

Also Known As: Infectious Diarrhea and Travelers' Diarrhea.

Common Misspellings: gastrointeritis

Pronunciation: GAH-stroh-en-tuh-RY-tis

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