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what're the differences between a stomach virus and food poisoning?

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Dr. Thomas Hansbrough
43 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Food is bacterial: Food poisoning is mainly due to bacteria, whereas viral gastroenteritis is transmitted form person to person contact.
Answered on Mar 26, 2013
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