Types of Stomach Viruses

The terms "stomach virus" and "stomach flu" are commonly used to describe what healthcare providers call viral gastroenteritis, a condition that infects the small intestine, not the stomach. Symptoms can include things like:
 
A number of viruses can cause stomach flu. The four main types of stomach viruses include:
 
  • Rotavirus: The most common cause of diarrhea in children under the age of five
  • Caliciviruses: A family of viruses that is divided into four types, with noroviruses being the most common
  • Adenovirus: This typically affects children under the age of two
  • Astrovirus: This virus is most active during the winter months and primarily affects infants, young children, and the elderly.
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(Click Stomach Virus to learn more about the different types of viruses that can cause gastroenteritis.)
 
 

Types of Stomach Viruses

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