What is the stomach flu?

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Some people use the term “stomach flu” to mean diseases other than influenza that have symptoms such as include nausea, vomiting or diarrhea. These symptoms can be caused by many different viruses, bacteria or even parasites. While vomiting, diarrhea, and being nauseous or “sick to your stomach” can sometimes be related to the flumore commonly in children than adultsthese problems are rarely the main symptoms of influenza, or “the flu.” The flu is a respiratory disease and not a stomach or intestinal disease.

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Stomach flu, which is medically referred to as viral gastroenteritis, is a viral infection that affects the intestines. It causes an inflammation of the intestinal tract. One of the most common illnesses in the United States, viral gastroenteritis usually presents with diarrhea, vomiting, nausea, and abdominal cramps. Viral gastroenteritis is a contagious ailment that may be contracted through contaminated foods or from an infected person. The flu, which is short for influenza, is caused by an influenza virus which attacks the respiratory system, leading to runny nose, sore throat and coughing.

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