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Gastroenteritis

Gastroenteritis
Gastroenteritis can be very painful

Infection of the gastrointestinal tract triggered by viruses (noro-, rota-, adeno-, coronaviruses) or bacteria (Clostridioides difficile, Campylobacter, salmonellae, etc.). Also, protozoans such as amoeba or lamblia cause gastroenteritis. Due to the destruction of the intestinal mucosa or the formation of bacterial toxins, food cannot be digested sufficiently. Generally, gastroenteritis also involves diarrhoea and vomiting.

The classical transmission path is the faecal-oral Smear infection. Appropriate hygiene measures such as Hand disinfection prevent the spread of the pathogens.

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