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Related to viral gastroenteritis: Bacterial gastroenteritis
en·dem·ic non·bac·te·ri·al in·fan·tile gas·tro·en·ter·i·tis
an endemic viral gastroenteritis of young children (6 months-12 years) that is especially widespread during winter, caused by strains of rotavirus (family Reoviridae); the incubation period is 2-4 days, with symptoms lasting 3-5 days, including abdominal pain, diarrhea, fever, and vomiting.
Synonym(s): infantile gastroenteritis
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viral gastroenteritisA generic term for gastroenteritis induced by viruses.
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viral gastroenteritisIntestinal flu Infectious disease A generic term for GE induced by viruses Clinical presentations
1. Epidemic VGE, most often caused by the Norwalk agent or Norwalk-like viruses Clinical N&V, diarrhea, abdominal pain, anorexia, headache, malaise, low-grade fever; it rarely requires hospitalization, but may be contribute to death in the elderly.
2. Sporadic VGE is often caused by rotaviruses and differs from the epidemic form of VGE as it most commonly affects children < age 2, and evokes a wide range of responses, from subclinical infection to a mild form of the GE, as with the epidemic form, to a severe, potentially life-threatening dehydrating disease.
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