Enterobacterial infections are disorders of the digestive tract and other organ systems produced by a group of rod-shaped bacteria called Enterobacteriaceae.
Enterobacterial infections can be produced by bacteria that normally live in the human digestive tract without causing serious disease or by bacteria that enter from the outside.
Enterobacterial infections in the digestive tract typically start when the organisms invade the mucous tissues that line the digestive tract.
It is also possible for enterobacterial infections to spread by person-to-person contact.
Enterobacterial infections are one of the two leading killers of children in developing countries.
E. coli infections cause most of the enterobacterial infections in the United States.
The symptoms of enterobacterial infections are sometimes classified according to the type of diarrhea they produce.
In order to confirm a diagnosis of enterobacterial infection, physicians usually rely on patient history, physical examination, and laboratory tests.
The diagnosis of enterobacterial infections is complicated by the fact that viruses, protozoa, and other types of bacteria can also cause diarrhea.
The initial treatment of enterobacterial diarrhea is usually empiric.
Because of the extensive media coverage that often follows outbreaks of enterobacterial infections such as E. coli, many parents associate such infections with eating undercooked meat such as hamburger.
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