Gastrointestinal (GI) infections

The importance of understanding the cause and its prevalence

Gastrointestinal (GI) infections are caused by the ingestion or an overabundance of harmful pathogens in the GI tract. These infections are often spread through contaminated food or water, but can also spread person-to-person due to poor hygiene.

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  2. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Foodborne Germs and Illnesses. (accessed April 2023).