A 30-year-old member asked:
are the diarrhea coming from infections contagious?
2 doctor answers
Dr. Michio Abe answered
26 years experience Internal Medicine
Infectious diarrhea: Infectious diarrhea can be due to various species of viruses, bacteria or parasites. They can be contagious, some more so than others. If someone has diarrhea due to a viral infection, you could catch it by the infected person sneezing on you (via nasal secretions, resporatory droplets, etc). Proper hand washing is critical.
Answered on Sep 26, 2013
Dr. David Escobar answered
9 years experience Family Medicine
Yes: There are a number of bacteria and viruses that are shed with stool and/or diarrhea. Good handwashing after bowel movements and appropriate personal hygiene can prevent contagious fecal matter from being spread.
Answered on Nov 26, 2013
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