Frequently Asked Questions
What is so deadly about gastroenteritis?
Diarrhea is one of the reasons that gastroenteritis is so dangerous in some parts of the world. It can cause considerable dehydration and malnutrition, and even in developed countries, vulnerable people are at risk.
What are the leading causes of bacterial gastroenteritis?
The more common types of bacteria that can cause gastroenteritis include:
- E. coli
What are unusual ways to get gastroenteritis?
There are also other unusual ways to get gastroenteritis:
- Heavy metals (arsenic, cadmium, lead, or mercury) in drinking water
- Eating a lot of acidic foods, like citrus fruit and tomatoes
- Toxins that might be found in certain seafood
- Medications such as antibiotics, antacids, laxatives, and chemotherapy drugs