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When Is The Stomach Flu Contagious
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
What causes gastroenteritis (inflammation of the stomach and intestinal lining) virus? The doctor said it spreads like the cold, is it contagious?
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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?
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
2 days: But can range from 1-4 days.Get a more detailed answer ›
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