What's Going Around Dec. 19

By: Melanie Lofton Email
By: Melanie Lofton Email

If a stomach bug has you feeling a little under the weather, it may be norovirus. That's what Augusta Health says is going around

Symptoms of norovirus usually include diarrhea, throwing up, nausea, and stomach cramping. Other less common symptoms may include low-grade fever, chills, headache, muscle aches, and fatigue.

Norovirus is usually not serious. Most people get better in one to two days. It can however be serious in young children, the elderly, and people with other health conditions. In those cases it can lead to severe dehydration, hospitalization and even death.

Norovirus spreads quickly in crowded, closed places so it's important to wash your hands regularly, especially now that many of us will be traveling over the next couple weeks.

That hand washing is also key in preventing the spread of flu which according to the CDC is now widespread in nearly half the states in the country.

Here are a few other things to keep in mind when you travel. Always have a small first aid kit, even if you are flying. If you have a pre-existing condition and are under frequent care, let your doctor know where you're going. He or she may be able to give you a name of a doctor you can go to, in case you get sick. If you are on medications take extra. Also make sure to eat right. Stock up on natural vitamin C by eating lots of fruit.

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