- Mark, thank you.
New tonight, 'tis the season for the stomach bug.
The common infection
affects more than 3 million people every year.
If you haven't had it this season like me, (laughing)
are there ways to prevent from getting it?
Well we talked to a doctor to find out.
It spreads easily, but it is short-term,
only lasting a few days.
It's the stomach flu, or stomach bug
as many people refer to it.
- There are a number of people in the community
that have nausea, vomiting and diarrhea,
and that's not unexpected at this time of year.
- [Courtney] While most people
tend to just deal with it at home--
- Many patients don't seek medical attention.
They just stay home and drink plenty of fluids
and try to keep themselves hydrated.
- [Courtney] There have been some cases
where people have to go to the emergency room.
- [Doctor] We've had a couple of patients hospitalized.
- [Courtney] Chief of Infectious Diseases,
Dr. Virginia Bieluch
with The Hospital of Central Connecticut,
says those who are at high risk are babies and the elderly
or those with a low immune system.
- If you do have symptoms of a stomach infection,
it's really important that you stay home
and try to avoid contact with other people.
- [Courtney] She suggests washing your hands often,
especially after you use the bathroom.
But since it's highly contagious,
there's really no true way
to prevent yourself from getting it.
- Unfortunately, many of these infectious agents
such as norovirus are very easily spread.
They can be spread by contact with a person who's infected,
or contact, or ingestion with contaminated food.
- Now, the stomach bug is different from the flu.
Flu, you'll have coughing, fever,
muscle aches and a sore throat.
Now, if you can't hold down any liquids,
doctors suggest calling your doctor
or going right to the ER.