VA Officials Forecast Arrival Of Stomach Bug - 47 ABC - Delmarva's Choice

VA Officials Forecast Arrival Of Stomach Bug

Posted: Updated:

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The Virginia Department of Health says statewide surveillance data show that the stomach flu is arriving just in time for the holidays.

Officials say based on information collected from emergency departments and urgent care centers, an increase in norovirus illness and outbreaks is expected over the next few weeks.
    
Norovirus is commonly referred to as the "stomach flu." The highly contagious gastrointestinal virus causes vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal cramping.
    
Officials say while it can cause a great deal of discomfort, the illness usually goes away on its own. But they say it is important to take steps to limit the spread of the virus.
    
The illness typically increases during the winter months. Last season, state health officials investigated 184 norovirus outbreaks statewide.

 

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

  • ContestsMore>>

  • Spring Gas Giveaway

    Spring Gas Giveaway

    Let WMDT fill up your tank! It's time for our Spring Gas Giveaway! More >>
    Enter for your chance to win a $100 Exxon/Mobil Gas Card!More >>
  • Teacher Who Makes A Difference

    Teacher Who Makes A Difference

    The WMDT 47 Teachers Who Make a Difference Contest is Sponsored by Accurate Optical: "Encouraging children of all ages to come in for an annual eye exam to help them see better in school." Each month weMore >>
    The WMDT 47 "Teachers Who Make a Difference" Sponsored by Accurate Optical Encouraging children of all ages to come in for an annual eye exam to help them see better in school.More >>
Powered by WorldNow
Powered by WorldNow All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and WMDT. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.