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how long are you contagious with stomach virus

A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Burns
37 years experience Emergency Medicine
Depends on the virus: But generally, viral gastroenteritis and bacterial gastroenteritis will shed the virus or bacteria in the stool for 7-10 days after symptoms have reso ... Read More

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A 15-year-old female asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
56 years experience Infectious Disease
Stomach virus: There is not one specific virus capable of producing acute gastroenteritis, and when it occurs it is communicable generally by the fecal/oral route. S ... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Zimon
59 years experience Internal Medicine
YES: Most of these viruses (eg: Norovirus) LIVE ON SURFACES thus HAND WASHING and NOT SHARING dishes , bathroom supplies are the only way to avoid the vuru ... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Storfer
35 years experience Internal Medicine
Generally 2-3 days: The actual incubation period depends on the virus but in general the time between exposure and symptoms with an intestinal virus is 48-72 hours.
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Scholand
23 years experience Infectious Disease
Road to recovery: Well it's great you're feeling better. Certainly some viruses are nastier than others. Because of your young age -I would expect you to continue to im ... Read More
A male asked:
Dr. Mark Pyfer
26 years experience Ophthalmology
See your doctor: Bloating of the stomach for that long could be a more serious problem. See your doctor soon.
A female asked:
Dr. Tony Willson
17 years experience Family Medicine
Soon: If the child is now back to formula, she should be on purée pretty soon. Just keep trying.
A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jason Hemming
17 years experience Gastroenterology
2-5 days: Usually viruses are cleared in under one week. That being said residual symptoms may last weeks or months. Some people may even develop a post infecti ... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ryan Stanton
18 years experience Emergency Medicine
Depends: It depends on the type of "food poisoning", the degree of infection, and any other chronic medical conditions you may have.
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Elizabeth Yen
20 years experience Pediatric Gastroenterology
Depends: Some viral infections last 24 hours, others 1 week. Sometimes the virus is cleared, but symptoms linger at a lower intensity and frequency for weeks t ... Read More
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