Stomach Virus or Food Poisoning? Learn the Signs and Symptoms

-abdominal-painAn upset stomach could be caused by either stomach flu or food poisoning. The differences between the two conditions are:

i            Stomach flu is caused by the norovirus that attacks the digestive tract whereas food poisoning could be caused by bacteria, virus or parasites coming into contact with the food.

ii            Food poisoning will only be spread through the consumption of contaminated food. Stomach flu is spread by contact with infected person saliva, stool or vomit.

iii            Food poisoning symptoms occur within six hours whereas stomach flu symptoms may take longer to manifest.

iv            The stomach virus will clear after 24 to 48 hours. However, good home care is important for a speedy recovery.

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