Acute gastroenteritis

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Acute gastroenteritis is a common infectious disease syndrome, causing a combination of nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal pain. There are more than 350 million cases of acute gastroenteritis in the United States annually and 48 million of these cases are caused by foodborne bacteria. Traveler's diarrhea affects more than half of people traveling from developed countries to developing countries. In adult and pediatric patients, the prevalence of Clostridium difficile is increasing. Contact precautions, public health education, and prudent use of antibiotics are necessary goals in decreasing the prevalence of Clostridium difficle. Preventing dehydration or providing appropriate rehydration is the primary supportive treatment of acute gastroenteritis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)727-741
Number of pages15
JournalPrimary Care - Clinics in Office Practice
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2013

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pharmacology (medical)


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