Can viral gastrointestinal infections be prevented?


Good hygiene is the best way to prevent highly contagious viral gastrointestinal infections from spreading. Because the virus can spread easily from hand to mouth, make sure to wash your hands frequently, particularly before handling or preparing food. Travelers should take strict precautions to avoid   potentially contaminated food and drink.

Infants between the age of 8 and 24 weeks can receive an oral vaccine against rotavirus called RotaTeq. Breastfeeding is also a good preventative measure, as it strengthens the baby's immune system.

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Digestive Diseases

Digestive diseases, also known as gastrointestinal diseases, are disorders that affect your esophagus, stomach and small and large intestines. The symptoms of digestive diseases vary widely depending on which part of your digestiv...

e system is affected. Generally symptoms can be blood in your stool, a change in bowel habits, pain, weight loss or heartburn that is not relieved by antacids. See you doctor if you have any of these signs of digestive disease.

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