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Symptoms

People with diarrhea usually have loose, watery stools. Less commonly, people pass frequent, small amounts of loose stool with mucous and blood. Other symptoms can include:

  • Abdominal pain and cramping

  • Vomiting

  • Fever

  • Chills

  • Bloody stools

  • Lack of bowel control

Frequent vomiting and diarrhea can lead to dehydration (abnormally low levels of body water) if too much fluid is lost from the body. Signs of dehydration include:

  • Dry mouth

  • Thirst

  • Dry eyes

  • Infrequent urination

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