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What's Going Around: Stomach bug

A 24-hour stomach bug is going around the Ozarks this week.

February 14, 2013|Reporter: Lauren Matter, Photographer: Tony Nguyen |,

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - A 24-hour stomach bug is going around the Ozarks this week.

The scientific name for it is gastroenteritis.

Like many illnesses, this sickness can either be caused by a virus or bacteria.

Symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea and stomach pains.

Nurse Practitioner Ven Vu with the Ozarks Community Hospital's Springfield clinic says the symptoms are similar to food poisoning.

Vu says this is the time of year she sees more patients with the stomach bug, which is why prevention is the key.

"We don't know if it's a virus or bacteria [when patients come in] so if it is bacteria, it can be contagious so you need to keep yourself clean by good hand washing," explains Vu.


If you get this stomach bug, Vu says the best thing is to rehydrate yourself.

If it’s severe enough, you could go to the hospital for dehydration.

If you are sick from this stomach bug, you'll also lose a lot of electrolytes so replenishing those is also the key to feeling better.

And get plenty of rest.

If the bug is caused by bacteria, you'll be treated with antibiotics.

Most stomach bugs are caused by a virus, and doctors will treat those cases symptomatically.

If the stomach bug is caused by a virus, it will last for 24 to 48 hours.

Bacterial stomach bugs can last a week or more.

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