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Stomach virus. Signs?

Stomach virus. Signs?

Stomach virus signs: Enteric viruses, at least the self-limited kind, typically cause: nausea, queasiness, diarrhea, abdominal cramping. Of course, these are non-specific symptoms that can be attributed to almost any acute insult to the gut (regardless of mild or severe). Persistent symptoms, bleeding, dehydration, unremitting vomiting, progressive abdominal pain deserve immediate medical attention & treatment. ...Read more

Intestine (Definition)

The gastrointestinal tract starts at the mouth, travel down the tunnel (esophagus), which connects to the stomach, which then empties into the duodenum, jejunum, and ileum---the three parts of the small intestine (@25 feet). This empties into the colon or large intestine (about 5 feet), which then becomes the sigmoid colon, rectum and out the anus. So, every morsel eaten ...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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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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Can swine flu be prevented by taking swine flu vaccination?

Can swine flu be prevented by taking swine flu vaccination?

Yes: While no vaccine is 100% effetive, the h1n1 vaccine is highly effective at preventing infection with h1n1 virus, and preventing death and serious illness from h1n1. ...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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Can anti-bacterial soap help fight the swine flu virus?

Can anti-bacterial soap help fight the swine flu virus?

Not really: If you are referring to the present scare, this reported flu strain has only been associated with pig to human transmission, not human to human transfer. It is also a mild strain and no one has died and only 2 have needed hospitalization. What i would like to point out here is the "news press" and it's affinity to blow things out of proportion and only report what will get ratings. Talk to docs. ...Read more

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Could flu virus mutate every year?

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Could flu virus mutate every year?

Yes: This is one of the reasons influenza vaccine has to be reformulated each year. ...Read more

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Flu like symptoms after flu vaccine. Is this contagious?

Flu like symptoms after flu vaccine. Is this contagious?

Depends: If you had the nasal product this is a living virus and you could pass the "vaccine strain" to others.This might produce mild or no symptoms if passed. There is no way that you get or pass the injectable flu vaccine.It is a dead virus.If you had symptoms it is due to a reaction to getting the vaccine, not a flu. ...Read more

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Upset stomach,nausea,body aches,cough,headache an chills. Stomach flu or influenza?

Upset stomach,nausea,body aches,cough,headache an chills. Stomach flu or influenza?

Hard to say: without running some tests . Best to get treated by your family physician to come to a specific diagnosis and treatment plans . ...Read more

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Can avian flu give you swine flu?

No: Each subtype of flu (eg avian vs swine) are different viruses, meaning they have different genetics. One does not predispose to the other but you can be infected with one and then later another type of flu. ...Read more

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Is the avian flu a foodborne illness?

Is the avian flu a foodborne illness?

No: Avian flu is an airborne disease. You must breathe it in. It attacks the lungs. ...Read more

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Swine flu reoccurrence? Can someone get swine flu twice?

Swine flu reoccurrence? Can someone get swine flu twice?

Short answer - yes: Swine flu is really only one form of several strains of influenza. Sometimes the doctor or nurse practitioner calls your illness "flu-like"(like swine flu) and treats you for it empirically, even without specifically testing for flu (nose swab test). Later, if you have a repeat of similar symptoms, then this could be labelled a recurrence of "swine flu". My office tests for flu--not swine flu. ...Read more

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Is swine flu related to food poisoning?

Is swine flu related to food poisoning?

No: Diferent symptoms, different set of germs, different mechanism of disease, different means of infection. Swine flu has fever, cough, profound fatigue, transmitted by droplet/respiratory, i.e. Cough, or exposure to virus on surfaces like doorknobs. Food poisoning/gastroenteritis can be viral, bacterial. Usually requires ingestion, but surface exposure can do it too. Wash hands, use purell type. ...Read more

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Can stomach virus cause myocarditis?

Can stomach virus cause myocarditis?

Yes: Myocarditis is an inflammatory disease of the myocardium. Viral infections like enteroviruses, adenoviruses, parvovirus B19, hepatitis C, herpes virus 6, Lyme disease including other conditions can cause myocarditis. ...Read more

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Stomach flu treatment?

Stomach flu treatment?

Gastroenteritis: Start w clear liquid like water, slightly flattened soda that is clear, or sports hydration drinks. Sip, sip, sip. Work up to solids w bland foods like bananas, rice, applesauce, toast, gelatin, or chicken. Avoid alcohol, nicotine, caffeine, dairy & high fat foods. Rest. ...Read more

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How does respiratory syncytial virus infection spread?

How does respiratory syncytial virus infection spread?

Droplet / debris: Rsv can pass thru inhalation of droplets of infected material from a case, or exposure to infected material on hands or surfaces. It can live for 1/2 hr on hands & hours on surfaces. Touching your face or eyes with tainted hands can expose you. ...Read more

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Influenza (Definition)

Influenza is a viral respiratory infection that causes cough, fever, chills, sore throat, muscle aches and headache. While most healthy people suffer few complications from the flu, it can be deadly for pregnant women, babies and children, the elderly and those with weak immune systems. That's why it's so important to get the flu shot to protect yourself ...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