Diarrhea is an illness in which someone develops more watery or more frequent stools than is typical for that person. Diarrhea can be caused by changes in diet, such as drinking an excessive amount of fruit juice, eating more than the usual amounts of certain foods, and the use of some medications. Diarrhea can also be the result of a problem with the intestines, such as inability to absorb nutrients or allergy to foods. Infections with some viruses, bacteria, parasites, and toxins produced by certain bacteria can cause diarrhea.
Note: Individuals can be infected and infectious with minimal or no signs or symptoms.
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Yes, when all the following criteria are met:
Adapted from Managing Infectious Diseases in Child Care and Schools: A Quick Reference Guide.
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