A type of bacteria not routinely tested for has been discovered as the second most common cause of bacterial gastroenteritis, in a study of over 300,000 patient samples.  


UNSW scientists have identified three new strains of highly contagious norovirus responsible for a major epidemic of viral gastroenteritis that has affected hundreds of thousands of Australians over winter.

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For the most part, acute gastroenteritis is a self-limiting disease. It usually resolves completely without medical treatment, writes Michael Tam. 

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UNSW researchers have discovered a strain of norovirus they warn could cause a severe epidemic of acute gastroenteritis in Australia this winter.

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Tens of thousands of people across Australia are likely to be caught up in a major new epidemic of viral gastroenteritis, UNSW and Prince of Wales Hospital researchers have warned.