Gastroenteritis ("Stomach Flu")

Quick Facts about Gastroenteritis ("Stomach Flu")

Quick Facts help you understand Gastroenteritis or Stomach Flu but are not a substitute for diagnosis and treatment by your doctor

Symptoms include: diarrhea, vomiting, nausea, stomach pain, fever, head and body ache. Dehydration is an important symptom and result of stomach flu which needs to be treated. Be alert for dry mouth or dizziness which may indicate dehydration.

There may be many causes of stomach flu but Norovirus is the most frequent cause. As with many viruses, Norovirus spreads from personal contact with others and indirect contact with the food, utensils, clothing and surfaces exposed to the virus by others. Norovirus is tough and efforts to control it on such materials must be vigorous.

See Doctors Report Prevention Steps including cleaning and disinfecting surfaces, avoiding close contact with those who are sick, preparing food with careful washing and full cooking as applicable. Contaminated fruits and vegetable are a common source of the virus.

Drink fluids, treat symptoms and see your doctor if very ill. Watch out for dehydration and take prompt steps to address it. Most people are feeling better in 1 to 3 days.

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