Norfolk, VA (December 23, 2011) – Commonly termed the “stomach flu,” an upset stomach and diarrhea can be spread at this time of year. The culprit could be a very contagious virus that causes symptoms like nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and stomach cramping.
Low grade fever, chills, headache, muscle aches and general sense of fatigue are present at times. The illness usually lasts only a couple of days but is easily passed to those nearby.
How is the stomach flu spread?
This kind of illness is spread easily from person to person. The virus is found in the stool and vomit of infected people. The virus can be transferred in several ways, including eating food or drinking liquids that are contaminated or direct contact with an infected person.
What can you do to protect yourself?
- Hand washing with soap and water is the best way to prevent the spread of infection.
- Promptly disinfect contaminated surfaces with household, bleach-based cleaners.
- Wash all soiled linens and clothing.
- Stay home when you’re sick to protect others.
No vaccine exists to prevent infection from “stomach bugs,” and no specific drugs are recommended for treatment of these illnesses. Once of the best measures you can take is to stay hydrated.
People suffering from the symptoms of a “stomach” bug should drink plenty of liquids to replace fluid lost through vomiting and diarrhea. The CDC recommends that families with infants and young children keep a supply of oral rehydration solution (ORS) such as Pedialyte, at home at all times and use the solution when diarrhea first occurs in the child. In some cases, fluid may need to be given intravenously.
Stay well this holiday season.
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