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…  Read More

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…  Read More