What is viral gastroenteritis?

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Viral gastroenteritis is an intestinal infection caused by several different viruses. Highly contagious viral gastroenteritis is the second most common illness in the United States. It causes millions of cases of diarrhea each year.

Anyone can get viral gastroenteritis, and most people recover without any complications. However, viral gastroenteritis can be serious when people cannot drink enough fluids to replace what is lost through vomiting and diarrhea-especially infants, young children, the elderly, and people with weak immune systems.

This answer is based on source information from the National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse (NDDIC).

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