Etiology of acute non-bloody diarrhoea with fever

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In children any infection of any type can be associated with diarrhoea, e.g. otitis media, tonsillitis, pneumonia, urinary infection, etc. The main pathogens are viruses, some Escherichia coli and mild forms of bacillary dysentery (Salmonella, Shigella, Campylobacter and Yersinia). The possibility of malaria and typhoid fever must be considered. Acute diarrhoea with fever but without bloody stools, generally requires no antibiotics. The emphasis is on administering fluids and electrolytes. In small children a bacterial infection of the intestine can rapidly give rise to septicaemia. Antibiotics are therefore indicated in these children (<1 year).

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