Diarrhea Health Topics
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Cholera, an acute illness characterized by diarrhea, is caused by an infection in the intestines. This eMedTV resource provides an overview of the causes, transmission, and prevention of this illness, and also links to other resources on this topic.
Giardia infections, caused by a one-celled, microscopic parasite, are a common cause of diarrhea in humans. This eMedTV segment discusses this topic in detail, with information on symptoms, treatment, and how to prevent an infection.
Norovirus gastroenteritis ("stomach flu") is a contagious illness that can cause diarrhea and vomiting. This eMedTV article discusses norovirus gastroenteritis in more detail, including information about how it is transmitted, treated, and prevented.
Rotavirus is a virus that may cause severe diarrhea, fever, and vomiting. This portion of the eMedTV Web site takes an in-depth look at this virus, including how it is treated, transmitted, and prevented.
The stomach flu is not really a flu at all (we'll explain). This eMedTV article talks more about the causes, symptoms, and treatment of this "flu," and also provides information on how long a person stays contagious.
Yersiniosis is an infectious illness caused by bacteria called Yersinia enterocolitica. This eMedTV Web page describes how the disease is transmitted, lists symptoms in children and adults, and discusses treatment methods and ways to prevent infection.
The rotavirus vaccine is a routine childhood vaccine used to prevent a common but serious infection. This eMedTV segment describes how the vaccine works, lists the different forms available, and explains when your child should get vaccinated.
Diarrhea is a symptom in which watery, loose stools occur more than three times a day. This eMedTV article presents an overview of diarrhea, including details about its possible causes, how it may lead to dehydration, and when to see a doctor for it.
Giardia, found in the feces of infected humans or animals, causes a diarrheal illness known as giardiasis. This eMedTV Web page describes where the Giardia parasite lives and explains how the organism is transmitted.
A norovirus is a highly contagious virus that can cause what is often called "stomach flu." This page of the eMedTV Web site explains this virus in detail, including how it is transmitted, the illnesses it may cause, and more.
Vibrio parahaemolyticus bacteria can cause gastrointestinal illness such as diarrhea. This section of the eMedTV library discusses the symptoms, treatment, and prevention of this type of bacteria and lists other illnesses caused by it.
Yersinia enterocolitica causes yersiniosis, and is in the same family as the bacteria that cause plague. This eMedTV resource explains this bacterium in detail, with information on symptoms, treatment, incubation period, transmission, and more.