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Gastroenteritis is an acute inflammation of the lining of the stomach and intestines. Symptoms include anorexia, nausea, diarrhea, abdominal pain, cramping, and weakness. When caused by a bacteria or virus, this is also commonly referred to as stomach flu.
Gastroenteritis has many causes such as bacteria (food poisoning or "stomach flu"), viruses (such as rotavirus and norovirus), parasites, consumption of irritating food or drink, as well as stress. Treatment for the condition depends on the underlying cause.
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When this term appears on a Safety Data Sheet it is usually in Section 11 (toxicological information) as a symptom of accidental ingestion.
Without even reading the SDS for something, you should realizes that it's a good idea to avoid ingesting non-food substances. Eating food in places where toxic chemicals may be present (such as a laboratory) can cause accidental ingestion of toxic materials...as well as a huge OSHA or EPA penalty. Do not eat where hazardous chemicals are in use and always be sure to wash your hands before eating.
See also: Gastric, nausea.
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