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What’s going around: Norovirus

MADISON (WKOW) — If you or anyone you know is calling in sick for a stomach bug, you’re not alone.

Dr. Paul Hick at UnityPoint Health – Meriter’s emergency department tells 27 News norovirus is going around.  That’s the technical term for stomach bug.

Symptoms for norovirus include diarrhea, vomiting, nausea and stomach pain.

To prevent norovirus in yourself and others, keep your hands and surfaces clean.  It’s best to use soap and water over sanitizers, Dr. Hick said.  Also, stay home when you’re sick for at least 48 hours after your last episode.

Dr. Hick said the best treatment is just resting and drinking plenty of fluids. Avoid sugary drinks.

It’s time to get medical attention if your symptoms aren’t getting better after three days or you’re severely dehydrated. Signs of dehydration in your kids will be crying without tears or unusual fussiness or sleepiness.


Caroline Bach

Anchor, 27 News at 11

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