Although it can also come from other illnesses or changes in diet but Diarrhea is often caused by gastrointestinal infections and is characterized by frequent and watery bowel movements. Gastrointestinal infections caused by germs such as parasites, viruses, bacteria, fungus and protozoa. Which germs are responsible for diarrhea depends on the geographic area in which a person lives and its level of sanitation and sewage system, economic development, and hygiene standards. For instance, developing countries like Pakistan, India, Bangladesh and Afghanistan that have poor sanitation system or use human waste as fertilizer tend to have epidemic of diarrhea because intestinal bacteria or parasites contaminate crops or drinking water. In developed countries like the United State and United Kingdom outbreaks of diarrhea are mostly caused by food poisoning. Food poisoning happens when toxins made by parasitic organisms in food make a person sick.
The viruses that cause diarrheal illness, also known as viral gastroenteritis, can come in contact with you from your home, office, play ground, gym or hospital. In small children and people with chronic illness diarrhea can lead to dehydration that may cause death if the pathogens are not timely removed. Different types of parasites and bacteria may also cause gastrointestinal infections and diarrhea.
Common Gastrointestinal Infections
Here are a few types of GI infections:
- Salmonellabacteria result in 1 to 5 million cases of diarrheal illness in the United States every year. These bacteria are frequently found in raw chicken or eggs and are major cause of food poisoning.
- Shigellabacteria are highly infectious and spread easily from person to person. They attack the human intestinal wall and may cause ulcers that bleed. Shigella infection responsible for more than 160 million cases of diarrhea around the world every year.
- colibacteria are found in the bowel movements of human and animals. Some strains of these bacteria secrete a toxin that is life threatening for small children and aged people. Some others can cause traveler’s diarrhea, a milder infection. This infection may spread through direct person-to-person contact or through contaminated water or food items.
- The Giardiaparasite, which can easily spreads through contaminated water, food and human contact, is another common cause of diarrheal infections. This parasite can spread in water parks and pools. Drinking water or bathing in contaminated streams or lakes can also lead to an infection and chronic diarrhea.
- Another parasite, Cryptosporidium, is also common reason for diarrhea epidemics. Cryptosporidiumoften causes watery diarrhea.
Recent researches by World Health Organization show that parasitic organism’s growth increases with excessive use of different types of antibiotic. Another research by CDC center for diseases control proved that many parasites have the ability to resist different types of antibiotic and other medicines by building a protein coat around their body. Now question is that what is the solution to get rid of these parasitic organisms? According to my personal experience Hulda Clark ParaZapper is the best choice to kill all kind of pathogens from water based environment.