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.