Who is most at risk for viral gastrointestinal infections?


Children, the elderly, and people with weak immune systems are most at risk from viral gastrointestinal infections. The one thing all these groups have in common is poor immune defense against the viruses that can infect the gastrointestinal tract. Another element adding to the risk is that these sorts of infections are even more common in places where people gather, such as hospitals, elder care facilities, and child daycare.

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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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