The most common cause, we call it gastroenteritis, it’s called norovirus, that’s the typical cause, or most common cause of gastroenteritis, you probably call it the stomach flu. Right.
Right. And the kids will come home, and adults can get it too, vomiting, diarrhea. Okay, here’s the big thing. Quarantine sounds like a terrible term, but I’m actually glad you do that because again, that virus, every time your child vomits, or has diarrhea, what happens is that that virus is expelled everywhere, so it’s on the surfaces, it’s in the bathrooms, so quarantine is smart, but one of the things about norovirus is that because it can end up on all your surfaces and it’s easily spread, and if you touch the virus, then you touch your lips or mouth, you can get it as well. It’s the one time where I say, if you know a surface is contaminated, you need to use a disinfectant to try to keep the rest of the family safe. That’s why we literally have bleach wipes and sprays out here, right? It is, and so this is the one time, I’m an all-natural cleaner type of guy, because I don’t like to use a ton of toxic chemicals, so in most cases, I’m at my house, I’m just usin’ all-natural cleaners, right? In that case, you want to go with an actual disinfectant. These are more powerful, they’re also more caustic, so you have to be a little bit careful, and you can either buy sorta the disinfectant wipes or sprays that are formulated already for this, just read the label, or you can actually make your own using bleach, and a little bleach goes a long way, you use bleach at home at all? Not really. Rachael? I mean, we always had bleach when I was a kid, now I buy the, you know, it’s just more convenient to have the wipes and that kind of thing. And I’m also that way, because bleach can be incredibly irritating. I mean, I think this is a little aggressive, that we’re putting on goggles. You want me to just add the bleach for you? All right.
No, Rachael, I’m doing the demo.
All right, all right. (audience clapping)
Because, hey, I’ll tell you this. You don’t wanna take a small problem, and norovirus, the good news is, your kids get it, and they usually do fine, right? You keep them hydrated?
Yeah. And, as an ER guy, Rachael, I’ve taken care of people who have gotten into the bleach and ended up within a bad situation, that’s why I’m being a little dramatic here, but you only have to use one tablespoon mixed to, say a gallon of water–
A gallon of water, and then you can use that to disinfect anything, just with your own towels.
Yeah, so take it, you can disinfect your phone, your keyboard. (audience clapping) You can’t stop him. He’s a man possessed with his demo. (audience cheering) (audience clapping)
(upbeat music) (clock ticking) – [Narrator] How does the stomach
flu differ from influenza? – So, influenza is a
respiratory illness, which is caused by
Influenza A and B viruses. Symptoms typically
include fevers, headaches, body aches, sore throat, and cough. It’s transmitted through
respiratory secretions and droplets, and patients
typically develop symptoms within the first one to four days, but the illness lasts up to two weeks. Tamiflu is the drug we
typically use to combat seasonal flu, but also a
season flu shot can help. Stomach flu is a GI illness, which is caused by rotavirus,
enterovirus, and it is a fecal oral route
from improper hand washing. Symptoms include nausea,
vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal pain,
with occasional fevers. Typically, patients who have
chronic medical conditions like diabetes, heart
disease, and kidney disease, need to see their doctor
to prevent complications from their chronic medication.
EFFECT TODAY CITY WIDE. BE SAFE, DON’T TEXT AND DRIVE. CHRIS AND MARY BACK TO YOU . ALEX, THANK YOU. ALL SCHOOLS IN THE OCEAN TOWNSHIP, NEW JERSEY DISTRICT ARE CLOSED FOR WHAT OFFICIALS CALL A THOROUGH CLEANING. ON WEDNESDAY TWO DOZEN MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS WERE SENT HOME SICK WITH A STOMACH BUG. THE DISTRICT ALSO INCLUDES THREE ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS AND A HIGH SCHOOL. THEY WEREN’T AFFECTED BY THE BUG, BUT OFFICIALS ARE SAYING
An outbreak of the stomach bug. otherwise known as gastro-intestinal illness. has spread to more than 50 students at a school in Holmen. TAKE INTERSTITIAL News 8’s Sarah Thamer has more on the school affected and what county health officials are recommending. Sarah? An usual number of parents called Holmen’s Evergreen Elementary School yesterday to report their children were absent due to the stomach bug. So to avoid the illness from spreading even more. school officials canceled all parent-teacher conferences and after school programs yesterday. They’ve been in touch with the La Crosse County Health Department for the necessary steps they needed to take. We got a call from the nurse and she noticed that they had an unusually large amount of students out in two particular grades actually the fouth and fifth grade. Students at Evergreen Elementary in Holmen woke up to a case of the stomach bug yesterday morning. And it wasn’t just two or three students. There was some classrooms in particular where it was almost half of the class that were out with specific symptoms. According to the La Crosse County Health Department, more than 50 students in grades four and five were out of school on Thursday due to the illness. La Crosse County public health nurse Joe Larson says the stomach bug is a common illness, but it’s rare for that many students to be affected at once. So over that kind of 15 percent threshold, it happens once in a while but for the most part they stay pretty consistent. School officials sent out a letter to parents letting them know that conferences and after school programs were cancelled yesterday in order for the school to undergo thorough cleaning, which Larsen says takes a lot more than clorox wipes or sprays. One thing that research is showing is that the only thing that really kills this bug is a bleach water solution, so what we’re recommending that the school does, is mix about three
quarters of the cup of concentrated bleach with a gallon of water, and you wipe that on the counters, let it sit for about five minutes. Mayo Clinic Pediatrics consultant Charles Peters recommends following specific guidlelines to prevent students from further spreading the illness. We strongly urge them to stay home and to rest and take in plenty of fluids and avoid food that make either vomitting or diarrhea worse. REPORTING IN HOLMEN, ST, NEWS 8. County health offcials say in regards to the outbreak. there was no connection to food. They are reccommending that parents keep their children home 48 hours even *after* they’re feeling well. Thank you Sarah. It is also reccommended that parents temporarily avoid sending home-prepared foods to school for classroom-shared treats.
Every year, millions of people all over the
world get norovirus. It can be contracted any time of the year and can spread very easily
from person to person. So what is norovirus? Well, it’s more commonly known as the stomach
bug or stomach flu. It can lead to gastroenteritis and can present symptoms such as diarrhea,
nausea and even fever. For most adults, it typically passes within a few days. But in
children it can get worse, and it’s important to keep an eye on them. Dehydration is the
main symptom to look out for because it can be hard to keep in fluids. Dr. Goddy Corpuz,
a pediatrician at Baylor Scott & White Health in Cedar Park, TX, spoke with us for more
about the norovirus. It spiked about a decade ago when we started
giving rotavirus vaccine. Rotavirus used to be the number one cause of vomiting and diarrhea
in children and dehydration. And because we were vaccinating against it and we’ve developed
it, it’s kind of gone off, and norovirus took over. And unfortunately there is no vaccine
for norovirus yet. It can cause inflammation in your gut. And
so what happens is, when you have that inflammation you’re not able to absorb fluids well. And
so when you drink or eat, it just passes in and out. Symptoms of norovirus include nausea, vomiting,
abdominal pain or cramps, diarrhea, low-grade fever and muscle pain. According to the Mayo
Clinic, there’s no specific treatment for norovirus infection, and recovery generally
depends on the health of your immune system. For most healthy adults, symptoms typically
last 2-3 days. For children, it’s important to keep track of how many days symptoms last,
and if they’re staying hydrated. Dr. Corpuz lets us know when to seek medical help.
Definitely when kids are having fevers more than 3-5 days. If they’re showing signs
of dehydration their eyes are sunk in, their lips are pretty dry, they haven’t had a
wet diaper or haven’t gone to the bathroom in about 12 hours or so, very decreased energy,
lethargic. All those if you have signs of dehydration. Unfortunately with a virus we have to let
it run it’s own course. The main thing is fluid hydration. So drink plenty of fluids.
I always tell my parents, you can give your kids pedialyte or electrolyte solutions. So how does the norovirus spread and how can
we prevent it? Contaminated surfaces, contaminated food.
And being in close contact with someone. Frequent hand washing with soap and water.
Alcohol gels on some occasion is allowed. Preparation of food, make sure it wasn’t
done by someone who’s sick and so getting them from reputable sources, because sometimes
they are contaminated. We always tell kids too, not to touch surfaces and then putting
their hands in their mouth without washing them first. The stomach flu is never fun. It can happen
any time of year anywhere in the world and spreads from person-to-person very easily.
So it’s important to keep surfaces, food and laundry clean. If you have the norovirus,
Dr. Corpuz recommends keeping your kids and yourself at home. The only food product Dr.
Corpuz says to avoid is dairy products and spicy foods because those foods can exacerbate
diarrhea. When traveling be sure to continue proper hand washing and maybe keep a travel
sized alcohol gel. If you plan to travel outside of the country, Dr. Corpuz recommends drinking
only out of bottled water and to make sure your food is prepared in sanitary conditions.
As a reminder, there is currently no medication to fight off the norovirus, it just has to
run it’s course. For dailyRx, I’m Gabe Garza.
Norovirus is a germ that
spreads quickly and easily from a sick person to others. It causes vomiting and
diarrhea that come on suddenly. Often before you can
get to a bathroom. If you get sick from norovirus,
you might splatter drops of vomit or poop for many
feet in all directions. Norovirus symptoms can
strike any time, any place. You could be at the
fair or out shopping. It’s extremely important
to clean up the entire area immediately
after you vomit or have diarrhea so others don’t get norovirus. Clean up must be thorough to
not miss any drops of vomit or poop that can’t be seen. Here’s how to clean up after
someone vomits or has diarrhea. Step one you don’t want
norovirus to get on you hands or in your mouth while
cleaning up vomit and poop. Protect yourself. Put on disposable gloves
and a mask, if you have one. Step two, wipe up vomit and poop
with paper towels, and put them in a plastic trash bag. Step three, pour bleach
cleaner on all surfaces that may have vomit
or poop on them. Leave the bleach on surfaces
for at least 5 minutes. You can use a chlorine bleach
cleaner, or make your own by adding three quarters cup of
bleach to one gallon of water. Step four, clean all surfaces
again with hot water and soap. Step five remove your disposable
gloves, throw them away, and take out the trash. Step six remove and wash all
laundry that may have vomit or poop on them with
hot water and soap. Step seven, wash your
hands with soap and water, and call it a job well done. Help squash norovirus. Always clean up the
entire area immediately after someone vomits
or has diarrhea. Learn more at CDC.gov/norovirus.
[virus with menacing “face” appears] Norovirus is a nasty stomach bug that causes vomiting & diarrhea [sick man holding hand over mouth as viruses multiply in his stomach]
Symptoms can come on suddenly [zoom to man who vomits green fluid] [hand with white cloth wipes away green background] [blue background and HHS/CDC logo]
Clean up vomit & poop right away