What's Going Around 1-30

By: Jamie Curott Email
By: Jamie Curott Email

It's no secret influenza is widespread in Virginia, according to the Virginia Department of Health surveillance program.

Page Memorial's Dr. Jeffrey Feit has seen nearly a dozen cases of flu since Friday, as well as a gastrointestinal virus.

Grant Memorial Hospital in Petersburg, West Virginia is limiting visitors to immediate family members only due to the flu. The hospital's maternity unit has restricted all visitors except fathers, siblings and grandparents. GMH Community Services Coordinator Fran Welton says all visitors are encouraged to use the sanitizers recently installed at the entrances throughout the hospital.

Another illness making its way through the Valley is the norovirus. Central Shenandoah Health District's Epidemiologist Deborah Bundy-Carpenter says symptoms include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and stomach cramping.

You can prevent noroviruses by frequently washing your hands with warm water and soap, avoiding food or water from sources that may be contaminated, and cooking oysters completely to kill the virus. Norovirus is a usually brief illness with symptoms lasting only one to two days.

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