Friday, June 01, 2007

Gastroenteritis (GAH-stroh-en-tuh-RY-tis)

Definition: An infection or irritation of the stomach and intestines. May be caused by bacteria or parasites from spoiled food or unclean water. Other causes include eating food that irritates the stomach lining and emotional upsets such as anger, fear, or stress. Symptoms include diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, and abdominal cramping.

Causes of gastroenteritis

* Bacteria
o Escherichia coli.
o Salmonella.
o Shigella.
* Viruses
o Norwalk virus.
o Rotavirus.
* Parasites
o Cryptosporidia.
o Entamoeba histolytica.
o Giardia lamblia.

Also Known As: Infectious Diarrhea and Travelers' Diarrhea.

Common Misspellings: gastrointeritis

This is what knocked me out today. Shout out to all the ladies at work who assisted me to the car when I was on the floor. I am feeling a little better. Q

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