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

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Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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