Gastroenteritis is defined as “The infection or irritation of the digestive tract, particularly the stomach or intestine.”
Caused by the ingestion of foreign bodies, including viral, bacterial and parasitic units.
Viral infection is the most common cause of gastroenteritis, bacteria can also be responsible for gastroenteritis, but can only be identified by stool analysis
Food prepared using contaminated water, is the main method of contraction: Seafood and fish are especially renowned for causing Gastroenteritis as they are in constant contact with contaminated water supplies.
One or more of the following symptoms are indicative of Gastroenteritis:
In extreme cases, there may also be: blood in urine and faeces, severe dehydration, shock and electrolyte imbalance in children
|The following can be done to try and limit the effects
of the Gastroenteritis infection:
plenty of clean drinking water is consumed, preventing
Wash hands regularily
Keep raw meat and cooked meat separate when cooking and storing
Regularily clean toilets, to prevent spread from one household members to another
Do not prepare food for others while infected