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Gastroenteritis Symptoms, Spread and Prevention

Speciality Classification
Nurses and Midwives
Location
Online
Delivery
Online
Duration
4 minutes
Provider
Ausmed

Gastroenteritis is a common illness with a variety of causes. It is often highly contagious.

Gastroenteritis is an infection and inflammation of the stomach and intestines. It can be caused by viruses, bacteria, parasites, toxins, chemicals and drugs. There are many kinds of gastroenteritis, most of them contagious (Better Health Channel 2018; Healthy WA n.d.).

Symptoms typically include abdominal cramps, vomiting and diarrhoea. Gastroenteritis is a short-term illness that usually heals by itself after a few days (Better Health Channel 2018).

Causes of Gastroenteritis

There are many causes of gastroenteritis. They include:

  • Viruses (e.g. norovirus, rotavirus);
  • Bacteria (e.g. salmonellaCampylobacter);
  • Parasites (e.g. CryptospordiumGiardia lamblia)
  • Chemicals (e.g. lead poisoning, toxins in poisonous mushrooms);
  • Toxins produced by bacteria, which can contaminate food (e.g. Staphylococcus aureus); and
  • Some medication can cause gastroenteritis in certain people.
Delivery
Title
Gastroenteritis Symptoms, Spread and Prevention
Speciality Classification
Interest Areas / Topics Covered
Infectious disease
Location
Provider Type
Education Provider
Duration
4 minutes
Start Date
16-Mar-2020
End Date
16-Mar-2023
CPD Points
4m of CPD
Price
Free
Location
Online
Price:
Free
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