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Three clinical syndromes are recognised:
- acute food poisoning which itself does not always have an infective aetiology.
- acute watery diarrhoea, caused by invasive or enterotoxin-producing organisms that are transmitted via contaminated food or water or, occasionally, contact from person to person.
- bloody diarrhoea, with obvious blood within the faeces, caused by both invasive and enterotoxin-producing forms.
Last reviewed 01/2018