Digestive health

Gastroenteritis and food illness


"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.

Food poisoning facts

Caused by toxins such as bacteria, parasites or viruses, some food poisoning cases can be fatal. Here's what you can do to avoid it.

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 and vomiting have many possible causes, and are not always related to disease of the gastro-intestinal tract.

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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