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How does food get contaminated by gastroenteritis viruses?

How does food get contaminated by gastroenteritis viruses?

Poor sanitation: Many gastrointestinal viruses are transmitted via the fecal-oral route, so poor sanitation and/or poor food handling techniques can lead to contamination of foods (such as a cook having viruses on his hands after leaving the restroom). Also, the viruses are transmitted on door handles, furniture, keyboards, elevator buttons, phones, stair railings; and by shaking hands, changing diapers, etc... ...Read more

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Dr. David Cohen
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Stomach Flu (Definition)

Viral gastroenteritis is a viral infection of the GI tract. It can be picked up from contact with surfaces and foods that are carrying the virus. Symptoms include upset stomach, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal cramps. Sometimes ...Read more


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Is it possible to catch viral gastroenteritis whilst currently infected with cold virus? If so is that a dangerous combination?

Is it possible to catch viral gastroenteritis whilst currently infected with cold virus? If so is that a dangerous combination?

Multiple Virus: Yes, you certainly can be infected with multiple viral infections at once. Whether or not it is dangerous depends on the specific viral infections. Generally, a cold and gastrointestinal virus at the same time are not dangerous. They are however, very uncomfortable for the person who has them at the same time. The biggest threat is dehydration. Seek care if that is occurring. ...Read more

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I had gastroenteritis on July 18 and now I'm having similar vomiting. Is it likely a different virus? When should someone see their doctor?

I had gastroenteritis on July 18 and now I'm having similar vomiting. Is it likely a different virus? When should someone see their doctor?

Likely different: It has been over a month so it is likely different unless you are carrying a pathogen that intermittently flares up. See your doctor and have your stool checked for bacteria and parasites. All the best. ...Read more

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How do viruses only effect certain systems... In other words what's to stop a flu virus from entering the stomach and causing gastroenteritis?

How do viruses only effect certain systems... In other words what's to stop a flu virus from entering the stomach and causing gastroenteritis?

Viral infection: Great question. Cell tropism of individual viruses remains a mystery and major question in control of infection and development of antiviral agents. Wish i could answer this definitively but cannot. ...Read more

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With gastroenteritis, total WBC isn't raised, the only abnormality is low lymphocytes (339). Is this likely a virus, or an autoimmune condition?

Gastroenteritis: Most gastroenteritis is viral and lasts only a few days at most. Often it lasts only 24-48 hours. The total WBC count is not usually elevated. A low lymphocyte count is normal during such an infection. Here's a research paper describing this phenomenon, called "transient lymphopenia" : http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmed/1085751. ...Read more

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Vomiting and have slight elevated WBC. ER Dr said viral gastroenteritis. Can virus raise WBC? Should I be worried?!! Other blood work was normal.

Vomiting and have slight elevated WBC. ER Dr said viral gastroenteritis. Can virus raise WBC? Should I be worried?!! Other blood work was normal.

Viral infections: Slight elevations of WBC may occur with viral infections, but my also be falsely elevated due to dehydration from vomiting, or slightly high because of epinephrine and steroid release from the stimuli released during your physical illness. Would not worry as long as this clears up quickly. Wish you better soon. ...Read more

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Can u get the stomach flu from the same virus twice in a row?

Can u get the stomach flu from the same virus  twice in a row?

Variant: Viruses mutate and can cause repeated illnesses, but are you sure this is the stomach flu? If your GI symptoms keep recurring, you may need to have them checked by a doctor. ...Read more

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How can I avoid the stomach flu or the stomach virus when my baby sister, younger brother, and older sister have it?

How can I avoid the stomach flu or the stomach virus when my baby sister, younger brother, and older sister have it?

Hand washing : Contact with the virus is what can assist with acquiring it. If you keep things clean, where gloves when cleaning up after your sick siblings and washing your hands regularly esp. If it is after contact with your sibs clothing, bedding or oral care products should minimize your risk if you are caring for them. Limited exposure also should decrease risk. ...Read more

Virus (Definition)

A virus is a small infectious agent that can replicate only inside the living cells of an organism. Viruses can infect all types of organisms, from animals and plants ...Read more


Dr. Stephen Scholand
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Gastroenteritis (Definition)

Gastroenteritis is a loose term denoting inflammation of the stomach and small ...Read more