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New Strain of Stomach Bug Spreads in U.S.

A new virus causing diarrhea and vomiting has spread rapidly nationwide, causing an increasing number of outbreaks of what many call the “stomach flu,” according to a Jan. 24 2013 report issued by the CDC (Centers for Disease Control). The new norovirus strain (named GII.4 Sydney) is highly contagious, and seems to cause more hospitalizations than other gastrointestinal viruses. It hits suddenly with diarrhea, abdominal pain, vomiting, fever, chills, and headache. Most people get better in one or two days, after the stomach or intestinal inflammation eases, but they are still contagious for 3 more days..   Dehydration is Danger Even healthy people can get dehydrated with this illness if you

CDC Urges MDs to Give More Antiviral Treatment for Flu Cases

The Centers for Disease Control is urging doctors to prescribe antiviral medications to high-risk patients suspected of having the flu, even without a positive test. When given within 48 hours of symptoms appearing, antivirals like Tamiflu or Relenza can ease symptoms, shorten illness, and prevent serious complications. Clinicians are not prescribing antiviral medications as often as in previous years, even though the 2013 flu season is causing more hospitalizations and deaths according to government figures. Complications from this year’s predominant flu strain are especially high among the elderly, causing half of hospitalizations and 90% of deaths so far. With a sharp increase in both hospitalizations and deaths in the 2nd week

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