How does the prevalence of bacterial gastroenteritis vary by age?

Updated: Jul 17, 2018
  • Author: Jennifer Lynn Bonheur, MD; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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Aeromonas species are a significant cause of bacterial gastroenteritis in young children. Very young children are particularly susceptible to secondary dehydration and malabsorption. Yersinia species infect children younger than 1 year almost exclusively, though it has been reported that the preparation and ingestion of chitterlings (the small intestine of pigs) may pose an increased risk of infection with Yersinia enterocolitica serotype O:3. [16, 17]


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