Digestive health

Gastroenteritis and food illness

Gastroenteritis

"Gastroenteritis" means inflammation of the stomach and intestines.

E. coli

The full name of the E. coli bacterium is Escherichia coli. Both harmless and disease-causing strains of this organism are found in the intestinal tracts of animals and humans.

Beware of botulism

How many times have you dropped a tin of tuna on a supermarket floor and still tossed it into your trolley? Well, perhaps you should think twice before you do that.

Nausea and vomiting

Nausea is an unpleasant feeling in the pit of the stomach that one is about to vomit.

Norovirus infections

Norovirus is a very contagious virus. You can get norovirus from an infected person, from contaminated food or water, or by touching contaminated surfaces.

How to avoid food poisoning

Eating food or drinking water that is contaminated can cause various infections. Here's how to avoid these infections, which can be extremely uncomfortable and dangerous.

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Dr. Estelle Wilken is a Senior Specialist in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology at Tygerberg Hospital. She obtained her MBChB in 1976, her MMed (Int) in 1991 and her gastroenterology registration in 1995.

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