PHE infectious diarrhoea guideline


A concise summary of Public Health England guidance on managing suspected infectious diarrhoea.

It is reported that 1 million GP consultations a year in the UK are due to acute infectious diarrhoea. Most cases are self-limited, usually viral illness. Nearly half of the episodes last less than one day. Infectious diarrhoea should be viewed as a differential diagnosis alongside other potential causes of diarrhoea, as no infectious agent is found in 60% of diarrhoeal illnesses.

This Guidelines summary covers when to send a specimen, and the antibiotic management of suspected and proven infectious diarrhoea.

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