The Digestive System, Part II
Rotovirus, Norovirus, Giardia, Cryptosporidium, and Cholera
Host: Cat Ellis “Herbal Prepper Live”
This week’s episode continues our series on the digestive system with a look at some viral and parasitic infections which are currently both common and generally easy to survive. However, in a post disaster scenario, could become far more serious. We will also discuss one more bacterial infection that will become a far more common, serious threat- cholera.
Overwhelmingly, the norovirus is the most common “stomach bug.” An estimated 90% of all non bacterial gastroenteritis globally is caused by the norovirus, and approximately 50% in the US. It is extremely contagious and concentrated population centers, such as nursing homes, schools, prisons, and cruise ships, where the virus has a chance to spread like wildfire.
Next on the list is the rotovirus, which produces the same uncomfortable symptoms as the norovirus: vomiting, diarrhea, fever, and potential for dehydration. The rotovirus, however, is largely the result of modern agriculture spreading contaminated waste, which the spreads through contaminated food, water, soil, and lack of adequate hand washing. The rotovirus is still a killer for children in third world conditions. Read more “The Digestive System, Part II”