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Stomach Bug

November 7, 2019

– Mark, thank you. New tonight, ’tis the
season for the stomach bug. The common infection affects more than 3
million people every year. If you haven’t had it this
season like me, (laughing) are there ways to prevent from getting it? Well we talked to a doctor to find out. It spreads easily, but it is short-term, only lasting a few days. It’s the stomach flu, or stomach bug as many people refer to it. – There are a number of
people in the community that have nausea, vomiting and diarrhea, and that’s not unexpected
at this time of year. – [Courtney] While most people tend to just deal with it at home– – Many patients don’t
seek medical attention. They just stay home and
drink plenty of fluids and try to keep themselves hydrated. – [Courtney] There have been some cases where people have to go
to the emergency room. – [Doctor] We’ve had a couple
of patients hospitalized. – [Courtney] Chief of Infectious Diseases, Dr. Virginia Bieluch with The Hospital of Central Connecticut, says those who are at high
risk are babies and the elderly or those with a low immune system. – If you do have symptoms
of a stomach infection, it’s really important that you stay home and try to avoid contact
with other people. – [Courtney] She suggests
washing your hands often, especially after you use the bathroom. But since it’s highly contagious, there’s really no true way to prevent yourself from getting it. – Unfortunately, many of
these infectious agents such as norovirus are very easily spread. They can be spread by contact
with a person who’s infected, or contact, or ingestion
with contaminated food. – Now, the stomach bug is
different from the flu. Flu, you’ll have coughing, fever, muscle aches and a sore throat. Now, if you can’t hold down any liquids, doctors suggest calling your doctor or going right to the ER.

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