Thwarting that nasty stomach bug

Thwarting that nasty stomach bug


WHAT WE’RE WATCHING TONIGHT. CASES OF THE STOMACH BUG… ON THE RISE. WE’VE GOTTEN REPORTS OF áDOZENS OF KIDS. HAVING TO STAY HOME FROM SCHOOL BECAUSE OF IT. YOU MAY KNOW SOMEONE WHO JUST HAD IT — OR IS CURRENTLY BATTLING IT. YOU PROBABLY KNOW SOMEONE WHO HAD IT. OR HAS IT NOW. NEWS 8 MEDICAL REPORTER JOCELYN MAMINTA WITH MORE ON WHAT DOCTORS ARE SEEING AND WHAT YOU CAN DO TO AVOID THE STOMACH BUG. THE WALL STREET JOURNAL REPORTING– THAT ACROSS THE COUNTRY THIS WINTER — THE NOROVIRUS IS HITTING FAMILIES HARD AND KEEPING STUDENTS FROM SCHOOL. I CHECKED IN WITH THE EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT AT YALE-NEW HAVEN CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL. THE SEVERE VIRAL INFECTION — APPEARED TO PEAK ABOUT TWO WEEKS AGO. THEY SAY IT’S SLOWING DOWN. STILL — THERE ARE REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD BE PROACTIVE. 3 IT’S THE STOMACH BUG THAT CAN KEEP YOU DOWN FOR DAYS.THE SYMPTOMS OF NOROVIRUS – DEBILITATING. “NOROVIRUS IS ONE GROUP OF SEVERE INTESTINAL VIRUS WHICH CAUSES SEVERE VOMITTING AND DIARRHEA.” DR. RONALD ANGOFF WITH PEDIATRIC AND MEDICAL ASSOCIATES– IS ALSO ON THE CONNECTICUT VACCINE ADVISORY COMMITTEE. “WE CERTAINLY SAW THAT BEFORE AND AFTER THE HOLIDAYS. WE SAW IT JUST RUNNING THROUGH FAMILIES AND THAT’S TYPICAL.” SEEING FEWER PATIENTS NOW BUT GERMS LINGER EVERYWHERE.AND THE NOROVIRUS — EXTREMELY CONTAGIOUS WHEN IT STRIKES. “IT LIVES ON SURFACES BETTER THAN OTHER VIRUSES DO.” “YOU WANT TO MAKE SURE NOBODY IS SHARING TOWELS AND THEY ARE NOT SHARING PLATES, PLATES CAN BE WASHED WITH SOAP AND WATER BUT YOU DON’T WANT TO DRINK FROM SOMEBODY’S GLASS, BITE FROM SOMEBODY’S SANDWICH OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT.” DR. ANGOFF SAYS — HAND SANITIZERS CAN NOT PROTECT YOU FROM NOROVIRUS OR OTHER INTESTINAL VIRUSES AND BACTERIA LIKE E. COLI. “SOAP AND WATER IS REALLY IMPORTANT WHEN ANYBODY IS NAUSEOUS, HAS DIARRHEA AND VOMITING – FREQUENT SOAP AND WATER HANDWASHING MAKES A BIG DIFFERENCE WITH THAT.” DON’T CONFUSE IT WITH THE FLU. “THE HALLMARKS OF INFLUENZA ARE COUGH, FEVER, ACHINESS.” TREATMENT — “IT’S FLUIDS, FLUIDS, FLUIDS.” SOMETHING YOU MAY NOT KNOW ABOUT THE NOROVIRUS — “IT WAS ORIGINALLY CALLED THE NORWALK EATON VIRUS FOR NORWALK CONNECTICUT. IT WAS FIRST DESCRIBED FROM THERE YEARS AGO.” RIGHT NOW — DOCTORS ARE MONITORING THE FLU — WHICH IS WIDESPREAD IN OUR STATE. DR. ANGOFF SAYS VOMITTING IS ASSOCIATED WITH ONE PARTICULAR STRAIN THIS FLU SEASON.A REMINDER FROM HEALTH EXPERTS TO STAY HOME IF YOU’RE SICK. AND – BE SURE TO WASH THOSE HANDS.THEY RECOMMEND DOING IT — AS LONG AS IT TAKES TO SING

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