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:
- Body aches.
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.
(Click Stomach Virus to learn more about the different types of viruses that can cause gastroenteritis.)