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More children in New Orleans area contracting stomach virus from dehydration

September 27, 2019


TONIGHT’S BIG LOCAL STORY. BRITTNEY COPELAND: CAUSE I THINK SHE HAS A STOMACH VIRUS. SHE’S BEEN THROWING UP, DIARRHEA. LATONYA: FOR DAYS NOW, BRITTNEY COPELAND SAYS HER 3 MONTH OLD DAUGHTER FENDI HAS BEEN FEELING BLUE. IT’S THE REASON FOR MONDAY AFTERNOON’S TRIP TO THE DOCTOR. BRITTNEY: I BEEN HEARING PEOPLE SAYING THAT THEIR CHILD HAD STOMACH VIRUS. I’M JUST GETTING HER CHECKED AND MAKE SURE EVERYTHING IS FINE WITH HER. LATONYA: SYMPTOMS OF VOMITING, DIARRHEA, FEVER, FATIGUE AND ADOMINAL PAIN ARE THE SAME SYMPTOMS THAT COINSIDE WITH ACUTE GASTRO ENTERVITUS, COMMONLY KNOWN AS STOMACH VIRUS, WHICH CAN BE CAUSED BY BACTERIA. PEDIATRICIANS ACROSS THE CRESCENT CITY SAY THEY’RE SEEING MORE AND MORE CASES, AND THE OUTCOME IS DEHYDRATION. WHEN YOU HAVE A CHILD THAT IS VOMITING AND HAVING DIARRHEA, THEY ARE GOING TO BE VERY THIRSTY. THEY DRINK A LOT AND THEN THEY THROW IT ALL BACK UP. WHAT WE WANT YOU TO DO IS NOT DRINK SO MUCH. DRINK VERY SMALL AMOUNTS, A LOT OF TIMES. LATONYA: WDSU MEDICAL EDITOR DR. CORY HEBERT SAYS ADULTS SHOULD DRINK AN OUNCE OR TWO OF FLUIDS EVERY 30 MINUTES, AND IN CHECKING FOR DEHYDRATION LOOK FOR DRY LIPS, SUNKEN EYES, AND PRESS FINGER TIPS. IF YOU PRESS THIS, AND IT TAKES A LOT LONGER THAN THREE SECONDS TO TURN ITS NORMAL COLOR, THAT MEANS YOU HAVE A DECREASE OF FLUID IN YOUR BODY. LATONYA: DOCTORS TELL ME THE CASES ARE LONGER THAN USUALLY 5-7 DAYS INSTEAD OF 3-5. AND THERE’S MORE DIARRHEA VERSUS VOMITING. ACUTE GASTROENTERITIS IS AMONG THE LEADING OF CAUSES OF DEATH IN THE WORLD, BUT HERE IN THE UNITED STATES DOCTOR SAYS IT’S TYPICALLY MORE OF NUISSANCE AND — NUISANCE AND IN MOST CASES — WITH SUPPORTIVE CARE, INCREASING FLUIDS, MAKING SURE

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