Doctors detect an increase in gastroenteritis due to the peak of respiratory diseases | The USA Print

Doctors detect an increase in gastroenteritis due to the peak of respiratory diseases
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The primary care centers (CAP) of Catalonia are watching this summer more cases of gastroenteritis than the previous ones. But it does not associate this peak to the food poisoning that usually occur with the arrival of the high temperatures. “We think it’s related to the increase in respiratory infections notes the family doctor Jordi Mestres Lucero, member of the Catalan Society of Family and Community Medicine (Camfic). Thus, health centers receive more cases of diarrhea and vomiting. “Possibly They also have to do with the heat,” Mestres says.

“The diarrhea pictures that we have seen this August we used to see in September and in children”

Jordi Mestres

Family doctor

“This August we have seen more diarrhea than other years. They are paintings that we used to see more in September and in children, when rotaviruses begin to circulate,” Add. According to him, they have to do with the acute respiratory infections (whose transmission continues to increase in Catalonia) and with the heat.

food poisoning

Even so, this family doctor also explains that behind many stomach flu they find each other food poisoning, more frequent in summer because the high temperatures break the cold chains. They are also usually produced by a bad food handling. “By washing our hands well we can avoid them,” explains Mestres Lucero. He also points to the salmonella as one of the most problematic germs, which also causes infections. “Most people get through it with no problem, but there are some chaos that can be complicated And they need antibiotics. It produces pictures of diarrhea, vomiting and nausea,” he adds.

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Primary care often sees pictures of poisoning but milder. “They can be poisoning or infections, like the typical viral gastroenteritis. But we don’t always know if it is a poisoning or an infection because, being so mild, they are not diagnosed as such,” he says.

In this sense, it is necessary to differentiate between food poisoning and one food poisoning. The first consists of the intake of foods in which there are toxins or toxic substances. Food poisoning can affect one person or a group of people who have eaten the same food. while a food poisoning when the pathogenic microorganism present in the food, in addition to multiplying and invading the organism, produces a toxin in it. An example of food poisoning is salmonellosis.

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To avoid food poisoning, doctors insist on the need to Respect the cold chains. The microorganisms proliferate faster between 5 and 60 degrees Celsius. “It’s your comfort zone,” explains the nutritionist and dietitian at the Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau (Barcelona). Alex Blasco. That is why it is recommended to have fridge below 4 degrees and the freezer, under 18. “The cold does not kill, but it slows down growth. Therefore, if you cook something, it is better not to leave it for more than two or three days,” he adds. “What really kills is the heat. If you cook food such as fish, eggs or meat, do it at 70 degrees, and you already make sure that it is safe. You also have to be careful with cut fruits that aren’t refrigerated,” he says.

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It is also important wash hands thoroughly before handling food and even clean the surface well where food is cut “You also have to Frequently change the pads and pads. and not use wooden utensils, but stainless steel or silicone. The fridge should also be clean. And you don’t have to wash the egg or the meat, just before eating them,” he adds.

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