Are any gastrointestinal diseases contagious?

Yes, some are contagious, but mostly those dealing with viruses or bacteria which are known in general to most people as “stomach bugs” or the “stomach flu”. This is known as gastroenteritis and is highly contagious and typically causes vomiting and/or diarrhea. Viral or infectious (bacterial) gastroenteritis have a variety of different sources, some more commonly heard agents are rotavirus, norovirus, E. Coli, and salmonella. Other conditions such as hernias, gastrointestinal cancers, appendicitis, gallbladder disease, acid reflux or heartburn, and diverticulitis to name a few are not contagious.

Some gastrointestinal (GI) disorders can be contagious, the most common being infectious diarrhea.

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