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Doctor insights on: Contaminated Gastroenteritis Viruses

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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 samonella poisoning contageous?

Is samonella poisoning contageous?

Yes it is: If food is contaminated by salmonella, anyone who eats that food can become ill. Also it can be transmitted person-to-person by the fecal-oral route. Strict hand-washing is needed. Also keeping raw meat, etc separate from other foods is wise -- as is having separate cutting boards, etc. http://tinyurl.com/k8894u5. ...Read more

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Are intestinal viruses contagious?

Are intestinal viruses contagious?

Many are: In fact many are highly contagious. Please be extra precarious with hand hygiene around individuals that are suffering with diarrhea. ...Read more

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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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What are "rotavirus", "norwalk virus", and "adenovirus"?

What are "rotavirus", "norwalk virus", and "adenovirus"?

Just that: These are different viruses which are all capable of producing human infection. These have in common the capacity to produce gastroenteritis and can be spread rapidly from person to person. ...Read more

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Are viruses contagious through toilets?

Are viruses contagious through toilets?

Yes, any physical: Or airborne droplet contact may transmit viruses. Note this has been happening since the day you were born so most viral transmissions do not cause harm. Use common sense cleanliness - avoid direct skin contact on public toilet seats (or wipe with bleach towelette), wash hands thoroughly with soap and water, leave the place clean for the next user. At home use diluted bleach. ...Read more

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Is campylobacter jejuni contagious?

Is campylobacter jejuni contagious?

Yes, but: It is more likely to come from an infected animal such as poultry than from another person infected with it. ...Read more

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Is food poisoning contagious?

Is food poisoning contagious?

No: By definition a contagious illness is one where a type of infection you are experiencing or carrying is transmitted to another. Getting food poisoning requires that food was ingested and was the cause of the illness. Not something transmitted from one to another. ...Read more

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Virus or bacterial infection?

Virus or bacterial infection?

Yes?: What is the question? Both viruses and bacteria and other types of organisms can produce infection. If you have a specific issue, write back. ...Read more

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Is the avian bird flu a foodborne illness via chickens?

Is the avian bird flu a foodborne illness via chickens?

Not really: Bird flu is transmitted after contact with infected surfaces - so, if one has contact with infected surfaces then bird flu can be contracted. Having said that - bird flu is exceedingly rare (and hasn't been documented in the western hemisphere at all) and thus you are much more likely to get salmonella or campylobacter (usually causing food poisoning/diarrhea) from uncooked chicken more than flu. ...Read more

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Are stomach infections contageous?

Are stomach infections contageous?

Gastroenteritis?: Viral gastroenteritis (vomiting/diarrhea) is very contageous. Norovirus/ enterovirus/ norwalk virus are some of the most common causes of outbreaks. Spread can be stopped by good handwashing (lister was right!). There are many types of other contageous stomach infections: bacterial (salmonella, shigella, campylo bacter, h. Pylori, c. Diffi); parasites (giardia, cryptosporidia, cyclospora)..... ...Read more

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Could Scarlet fever be contracted by drinking contaminated water?

Could Scarlet fever be contracted by drinking contaminated water?

Contagious: The bacteria that causes scarlet fever can be spread through nasal or throat fluids by sneezing or coughing. If there is a child with scarlet fever or strep throat, other people should avoid sharing drinking glasses or eating utensils with the infected child. Washing hands is very important to minimize infectious spread. Public water sources should not be a source of infection. ...Read more

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Are rotavirus infections highly contagious?

Are rotavirus infections highly contagious?

Yes: Yes, they are highly contagious, and are spread via the fecal to oral route. That can happen if a child doesn't wash their hands after using the bathroom, and then tough their mouth. Touching a contaminated area, and then touching the mouth can also cause infection. Rotavirus can live for hours on human hands, and days on dry hard surfaces, so washing hands is key to prevent transmission. ...Read more

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Is viral hepatitis spred by kissing?

Is viral hepatitis spred by kissing?

No: Unless you both happen to be bleeding at the same time, or it is a non traditional virus like epstein barr (mono). ...Read more

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Can Lasa virus be killed through contaminated cooking food?

Can Lasa virus be killed through contaminated cooking food?

Lassa fever dangers: This disease is dangerous -and is transmitted by 'dust' or aerosols. Mice/rats contaminate food supplies and then you have the issue of what to do with the food that's contaminated. The best thing, I believe, would be to throw it all out, since you don't want to create dust or aerosols while cooking. It's infectious after all. Technically boiling temps kill the virus, but is it worth the risk? ...Read more

Dr. Stephen Scholand
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Gastroenteritis (Definition)

A condition in which a person has vomiting and diarrhea due to an infection with "stomach flu" viruses. It is contagious, and usually resolves without treatment except for over-the-counter Pedialyte or other ...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