Stomach virus on the rise – QNS.com

Stomach virus on the rise

Norovirus isn’t a new computer bug, but it nonetheless is affecting dozens of people right now.
Norovirus is a highly contagious illness that starts hitting New York City in the fall. And this season is no exception.
The Health Department reports that in the past two weeks, visits to the emergency room have increased to about 400 per day because of this illness.
The most common symptoms are vomiting and diarrhea, while others include stomach cramping, fever, chills, and nausea.
Though most who suffer from norovirus get better in a couple days, it is something that hits an individual hard.
“Norovirus infection is a miserable experience, and can be serious if you become dehydrated,” said Dr. Sharon Balter, medical epidemiologist at the Health Department.
Dr. Balter pointed out that the best way to prevent the spreading of this virus is by washing your hands with warm water and soap before eating and after using the restroom.
Because stomach viruses tend to spread very easily, Dr. Balter signaled out extra precaution to parents and their children.
“If you get sick with diarrhea or vomiting, stay home so that you don’t spread the infection to others. Keeping sick kids home from school or day care is especially important,” said Balter.
Young children and adults should drink plenty of fluids to prevent dehydration.
Along with thoroughly washing your hands and staying at home, avoid contact as much as possible with someone who is sick, don’t share eating utensils, and immediately dispose of vomit or stool appropriately.

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