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how can you tell the difference between food poisoning and a stomach virus?

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Dr. Jason Hemming
16 years experience Gastroenterology
Usually can't: Usually can't, unless stool studies are obtained that detect bacteria consistent with food poisoning.
Answered on Sep 28, 2016
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