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Chapter 3 : Outbreaks of Diseases of the Gastrointestinal Tract

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The most common symptom resulting from infection by gastrointestinal (GI) tract pathogens is diarrhea. The GI tract is a common site of infection. The outbreaks presented in this section emphasize that even in countries with excellent health care and well developed infrastructures for water and sewage treatment, GI tract pathogens are still a major source of illness and death. Gastrointestinal diseases can be spread to large numbers of people through common vehicles—food, drinking water, and contaminated recreational waters. Solutions to prevent future outbreaks require careful and complete compliance with accepted practices that prevent microbial growth or contamination. Where natural disasters or war destroy sewage and water treatment facilities or displace populations into primitive areas, GI tract pathogens abound and can rapidly spread to cause thousands of deaths. The chapter talks about a number of outbreaks of diseases of the GI tract, including Serovar Enteritidisz, , amebiasis, and . Each outbreak is discussed in detail and information concludes with questions and student activity.

Citation: Anderson R. 2006. Outbreaks of Diseases of the Gastrointestinal Tract, p 83-123. In Outbreak. ASM Press, Washington, DC. doi: 10.1128/9781555816322.ch3
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Table III.1

Selected outbreak-causing gastrointestinal-tract pathogens

Citation: Anderson R. 2006. Outbreaks of Diseases of the Gastrointestinal Tract, p 83-123. In Outbreak. ASM Press, Washington, DC. doi: 10.1128/9781555816322.ch3

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