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When is the stomach flu contagious if breastfeeding?

When is the stomach flu contagious if breastfeeding?

Not Passed in Milk: While a nursing mother can pass a stomach virus onto her child, the virus does not pass to the child through the breastmilk. The mother's antibodies passed via the breastmilk may even offer protection for the child. ...Read more

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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How contagious is the stomach virus?

How contagious is the stomach virus?

Stomach virus: There is not one specific virus capable of producing acute gastroenteritis, and when it occurs it is communicable generally by the fecal/oral route. Somebody with the virus handles your food or water and you become infected. ...Read more

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How long is the stomach flu contagious?

How long is the stomach flu contagious?

Depends: The contagious period from oral secretions often begins just before the first fever untill fever has been gone 24hr. The germ may be found in the stool for another 4-6 wks. ...Read more

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Know how contagious is the stomach flu?

Know how contagious is the stomach flu?

Depends on Etiology: Most stomach illnesses are caused by viruses and can be spread person to person by fecal-oral route. Frequent hand washing and disinfecting shared surfaces is most effective prevention strategy. ...Read more

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When is the roto virus contagious?

When is the roto virus contagious?

Very contagious!: Rotavirus is very contaious! wash your hands! ...Read more

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If the flu virus gets in the stomach, can it cause gastroenteritis instead of a respiratory illness?

If the flu virus gets in the stomach, can it cause gastroenteritis instead of a respiratory illness?

No: Gastroenteritis is caused by various viruses including rotaviruses, noroviruses ; adenoviruses but is not caused by influenza virus. The term "stomach flu" is a misnomer as it had nothing to do with true influenza. Influenza can cause some GI symptoms, but, unlike gastroenteritis, influenza virus always causes respiratory symptoms like sore throat and cough. ...Read more

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What causes gastroenteritis (inflammation of the stomach and intestinal lining) virus? The doctor said it spreads like the cold, is it contagious?

Gastroenteritis: There are numerous causes, but most are viral and can be spread by a variety of mechanisms depending upon the particular agent. Many are spread via the fecal/oral route or by contaminated food. If you are more specific could provide more info. ...Read more

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Is the flu airborne? How is it spread?

Is the flu airborne? How is it spread?

Yes: It is airborne ( a 6 ft perimeter from one who is sneezing/coughing ) but is also spread by contact with surfaces or direct human contact(shaking hands).Also, one is contagious hours before the 1st fever. ...Read more

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Is the stomach flu the same as seasonal influenza?

Is the stomach flu the same as seasonal influenza?

No: Usually the seasonal influenza refers to respiratory infection or lung infection while stomach flu refers to virus that specializes in the gastrointestinal tract that usually leads to diarrhea or nausea or vomiting. ...Read more

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What is the stomach flu feel like?

What is the stomach flu feel like?

Stomach flu: Gastroenteritis symptoms may include: diarrhea , nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramps/pain, headaches, muscular aches & pains as well as fever (low grade). Bloody stools are not usually associated with gastroenteritis. According to the CDC, viral gastroenteritis usually has a duration of 1 to 10 days (depending on the specific virus). The average is 1 to 3 days. ...Read more

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When compared to sars and the bird flu, how bad is this swine flu right now?

When compared to sars and the bird flu, how bad is this swine flu right now?

Not bad: The swine flu 2 years ago (2009) was quite bad at first but, given the rapid development of a vaccine, infection control, and aggressive treatment, it came under control nicely. This year (2011-12) the influenza outbreak has been mild to date (december 27). There are no current sars or bird flu outbreaks in north america. ...Read more

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Is the stomach virus still going around in pennsylvania?

Is the stomach virus still going around in pennsylvania?

Stomach virus: We need to see what kind of symptoms you are having: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fever, abdominal-pelvic pain. The durantion of symptoms, look at your medical history, surgeries, medication, your age and do physical exam. Most of the so called "stomach flu" (nausea, vomiting, diarrhea) last 2-4 days (vomiting in the first 12 hours) resolves spontaneously. See doctor if having severe symptoms. ...Read more

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Every yr just like the seasonal flu, the seasonal "stomach bug" goes around.Is that caused by Norovirus? Also why after all this time there's no vax??

Contagious virus!: Norovirus is a very contagious virus which you can get from an infected person, contaminated food or water, or by touching contaminated surfaces. Norovirus is the leading cause of foodborne illness in the USA. Japan’s Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd. has been doing clinical trials for a Norovirus vaccine. I wish you well with your health! ...Read more

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How common is the stomach flu?

How common is the stomach flu?

Quite common: It is most often communicated through contaminated water or food. ...Read more

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What is swine flu? What is the incubation period for swine flu, how contagious is it and how beneficial and effective is the h1n1 flu shot?

What is swine flu? What is the incubation period for swine flu, how contagious is it and how beneficial and effective is the h1n1 flu shot?

Swine flu revisited: Swine flu is one of the flu variants that has developed over the last 5-10 years. It just as contagious as the regular flu.As a matter of fact it is a component of this years flu shot and we considerate to be about 85percent effective. ...Read more

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How accurate is it that it was two types of swine flu, the avian flu and the human flu?

How accurate is it that it was two types of swine flu, the avian flu and the human flu?

Flu: The names and types of are often related to the living source in which the flu lives chronically, called endemic source. Swine flu (also called h1n1) is endemic in pigs and avian or bird flu (h5n1) resides in birds. How the different influenzas are transmitted to humans and the symptoms produced depends on a lot of factors. ...Read more

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Is it true that the swine flu could spread faster than sars virus?

Is it true that the swine flu could spread faster than sars virus?

No: A single contact is sufficient for transmission of both viruses. Every year we see the flu virus infect millions of people in a few days or weeks. ...Read more

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Dr. Stephen Scholand
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Gastroenteritis (Definition)

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


Upper Abdomen (Definition)

Draw a transverse line through the umbilicus and the upper abdomen includes every part of the belly above this line and below the ...Read more