How is gastroenteritis prevented?

Updated: Feb 10, 2017
  • Author: Arthur Diskin, MD; Chief Editor: Steven C Dronen, MD, FAAEM  more...
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The following are factors to consider with breastfeeding:

  • Decreased incidence of rotavirus but does not eliminate this diagnosis

  • Formula supplementation with nonpathogenic bacteria such as Bifidobacterium bifidum


General precautions

Note the following:

  • Take enteric precautions to avoid spread to family members, especially by washing hands before eating and after each stool or diaper change.

  • Avoid shellfish served in unregulated environments, in areas with known red tides, or areas of recently reported outbreaks, including Vibrio species and Norwalk virus. Individuals with a history of any liver disease should avoid raw shellfish.

  • Wash all produce prior to consumption, especially if imported.

  • Avoid cross-contamination of foods during preparation (eg, cutting boards).

  • Avoid raw or undercooked eggs or poultry.

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