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Bacterial gastroenteritis

  • Alternative Names

    Infectious diarrhea - bacterial gastroenteritis; Acute gastroenteritis; Gastroenteritis - bacterial


    Symptoms depend on the type of bacteria that caused the sickness. All types of food poisoning cause diarrhea. Other symptoms include:

    • Abdominal cramps
    • Abdominal pain
    • Bloody stools
    • Loss of appetite
    • Nausea and vomiting

    Signs and tests

    Your health care provider will examine you for signs of food poisoning, such as pain in the stomach and signs your body does not have as much water and fluids as it should. This is called dehydration.

    Laboratory tests may be done on the food or a stool sample to determine what bacteria is causing your symptoms.