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Health Officials See Spike in Stomach Virus Cases

JOPLIN, MO.--- Doctors are warning you of a stomach virus outbreak in the area. Mercy Hospital in Joplin is seeing an average of four stomach flu cases each day.
JOPLIN, MO.--- Doctors are warning you of a stomach virus outbreak in the area. Mercy Hospital in Joplin is seeing an average of four stomach flu cases each day. The bug last about five days, causing vomiting and diarrhea. Nurses say the most effective way to guard against this virus is to always wash your hand and drink plenty of fluids. Also, staying away from crowds will help you avoid the sickness.

"In a otherwise healthy patient, it's really not very dangerous as long as you take care of the symptoms so they stay hydrated. In the vary young and very old, it can be much more dangerous because they get dehydrated very easily," said Judy Russell, Mercy Hospital R.N.

Nurses say it's a common misunderstanding that the flu vaccine will protect you form the stomach flu. That's not the case and say good hygiene is the best protection against this virus.
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