What are viral gastrointestinal infections?

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Also known as the stomach flu and viral gastroenteritis, these infections target the tissues lining the stomach and intestines. As the viral infection takes hold, liquid is excreted from damaged cells, causing watery diarrhea, the symptom most associated with viral gastrointestinal infections. Due to the highly contagious nature of the viruses that cause the disease, viral gastroenteritis is one of the most common illnesses in the world.

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Viral Infections

Viral Infections

Viral infections like herpes simplex, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), chicken pox and rotavirus are infections caused by a virus instead of a bacterium. Viral infections do not respond to antibiotics, but some specific viruses ...

like influenza A and B can be treated with certain antiviral medications. Most commonly, treatment for viral infections includes drinking lots of fluids, getting rest, eating well and letting the illness run its course.
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