clinical syndromes

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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 06/2021