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Faeco–oral infections 

Faeco–oral infections
Faeco–oral infections

Emma Meader

and Paul Hunter

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date: 19 June 2021

It is estimated that there are 17 million cases of infectious diarrhoea each year in the United Kingdom, the economic impact of which stands at around 1.5 billion pounds sterling. This chapter describes the common bacterial, viral, and parasitic pathogens implicated in infectious diarrhoea, including incubation periods, defining features, and the preferred diagnostic methods for each. The key transmission pathways and prevention strategies are also explained.

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