What is the prevalence of carrier states in bacterial gastroenteritis?

Updated: Jul 17, 2018
  • Author: Jennifer Lynn Bonheur, MD; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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Carrier states are observed after some bacterial gastroenteritis infections. After Salmonella diarrhea, 1-4% of individuals with nontyphoid and enteric fever infections become carriers. The carrier stage for Salmonella species is more likely to develop in females, infants, and individuals with biliary tract disease. Asymptomatic C difficile carriage may be seen in many hospitalized patients receiving antibiotics and in 50% of infants.


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