What Is Gastroenteritis?

By james
Reviewed: Dr. Gromatzky
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No matter where we are in the world, it is important to ensure that we always pay attention to proper food safety. Pathogens in our food can cause us a lot of harm, and can cause problems like gastroenteritis. Gastroenteritis is an infection that causes inflammation of the digestive system.

It is often transmitted because people have not taken proper care to wash their hands and utensils. Thankfully the symptoms are not usually severe but, in people that are vulnerable, gastroenteritis can be fatal. It is advised to practice good hygiene standards to help ensure gastroenteritis and other similar conditions do not arise.

1. Gastroenteritis

Gastroenteritis is the term given to a condition that causes inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract. There are several potential causes of the condition, including viruses, parasites, fungi, and bacteria. In most cases, it is a virus that is the cause of the condition. Regardless of the underlying cause, the symptoms of gastroenteritis are usually the same.

It is also a relatively common condition, with approximately 2 billion cases occurring worldwide. It can be contracted anywhere in the world, but it usually occurs in developing countries where poor hygiene standards are kept. Adults tend to develop an immunity to the potential causes, meaning it is usually found in children.


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