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What is the Stomach Flu?

Gastroenteritis or the "stomach flu" is a disease is caused the Gastroenteritis virus

Causes and symptoms of Gastroenteritis

Gastroenteritis is caused mainly in kids by oral contact and or by contaminated water/food. People who are at most risk to this virus are: Children under the age of 5, Older adults living in nursing homes, and Older adults and younger children with immune system deficiency.

The symptoms start to show usually one or two days after being infected, they begin with watery diarrhea, headaches, muscle aches, joint pain, nausea, chills, fever, clammy skin, and eventually can lead to wait loss and in extreme cases, death.

How does the virus infect the host? Treatements

The virus makes its way to the lower intestine of the host and begins to replicate. Within 12-24hrs the symptoms become very acute. Since the infection is not bacterial anti-biotics do not benefit in a anyway. However antiemetics and antidiarrheals help with the dihydration.

Sources :

public.health.oregon.gov/DeseasesConditions/CommunicableDesease/Outbreaks/Gastroenteritis/Pages/index.aspx

Healthline.com