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An enterotoxin is a harmful substance produced by certain bacteria that is specifically dangerous to parts of your gastrointestinal tract. The substance enters your stomach and intestines when you eat tainted food or water, causing symptoms such as cramps, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea.

See: Food poisoning


Sodha SV, Griffin PM, Hughes JM. Foodborne disease. In: Mandell GL, Bennett JE, Dolin R, eds.Principles and Practice of Infectious Diseases

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Update Date 8/11/2013