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Table 3 Secondary symptoms and severity of symptoms in respondents reporting acute gastrointestinal illness, in British Columbia, Canada, June 2002 to June 2003.1

From: Population distribution and burden of acute gastrointestinal illness in British Columbia, Canada

  All Cases [451] Both Diarrhoea and Vomiting [114] Diarrhoea Only [286] Vomiting Only [51]
Secondary Symptoms (Number and %)
Nausea 266 (60%) [440] 92 (84%) [110] 135 (48%) [280] 39 (78%) [50]
Stomach cramps or abdominal pain 331 (75%) [444] 92 (84%) [109] 220 (77%) [284] 19 (37%) [51]
Fever 138 (32%) [437] 52 (47%) [111] 70 (25%) [275] 16 (31%) [51]
Chills 194 (44%) [445] 67 (60%) [111] 110 (39%) [283] 17 (33%) [51]
Muscle or joint pain or stiffness 183 (42%) [439] 53 (48%) [110] 118 (42%) [281] 12 (25%) [48]
Headache 221 (51%) [436] 64 (59%) [109] 136 (49%) [278] 21 (43%) [49]
Excessive Thirst 175 (40%) [443] 54 (49%) [111] 110 (39%) [281] 11 (22%) [51]
Lethargy or extreme tiredness 286 (64%) [445] 93 (82%) [113] 170 (61%) [281] 23 (45%) [51]
Sore throat or runny nose 140 (31%) [447] 38 (33%) [114] 86 (31%) [282] 16 (31%) [51]
Coughing or sneezing 136 (30%) [446] 33 (29%) [113] 89 (31%) [283] 14 (28%) [50]
Duration (days)
Mean, median and range of duration of general illness 3.7, 2, (1–42) [443] 4.5, 3, (1–30) [113] 3.7, 2, (1–42) [279] 1.9, 1, (1–7) [51]
Mean, median and range of duration of vomiting 1.6, 1, (1–25) [164] 1.8, 1, (1–25) [113] - 1.2, 1, (1–4) [51]
Mean, median and range of duration of diarrhoea 3.2, 2, (<1–42) [392] 3.3, 2, (1–20) [113] 3.2, 2, (<1–42) [279] -
  1. 1. Numbers in square brackets are the total number of respondents per question per category