Local doctors warn about post-holiday illness

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December 2, 2013 3:22:48 PM PST
This holiday season you could be spreading more than good cheer. Local doctors report a stomach virus is going around.

At local Care Stat Urgent Care Centers, doctors say there has been an influx of adult patients coming in over the past several days with similar symptoms - vomiting, diarrhea, low grade temperature and nausea.

Dr. Jonathan Gusdorff says don't blame the turkey or any other food - it seems a stomach virus is to blame.

Stomach bugs don't typically come with low grade fevers, but it did for many people with this strain. The best way to protect yourself is to stay away from others who are sick, disinfect common areas, and wash your hands thoroughly and frequently.

Doctor Gusdorff says hand washing is not overrated.

"If we can keep our hands clean before and after we touch a doorknob or touch someone's hand, we would see a decrease in these communicable diseases," explained Dr. Gusdorff.

Typically you can treat a stomach virus at home. Try to drink clear liquids, get rest, and stay away from others.

If however you can't keep fluids down and you feel yourself starting to get weak, then you will need to go to an urgent care center or your doctor because you may be getting dehydrated. This is especially important for children.

We are slowly starting to see the flu virus in our area. If you haven't already, now is the time to get your flu shot. It takes about two weeks to take effect.

That and hand washing are your best defense.


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