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How do other illnesses affect stomach flu?

Stomach flu is caused by a viral infection that attacks the lining of the intestines. Most people who are infected recover without complication within a few days. Infants with immature immune systems and older children or adults with compromised immune systems may experience complications from the stomach flu. Some people with compromised immune systems may be susceptible to gastroenteritis from unusual sources like cytomegalovirus or enterovirus. In these situations, extra care should be taken to avoid dehydration which can be very serious.

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