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Although flu season is over, there's a 24-hour virus going around Muskingum County. Local hospital emergency departments have noticed an increase in patients complaining of flu-like symptoms.
"There's been a little increase in people having problems with a 24-hour to 48-hour infection that's causing vomiting and diarrhea. The hospital emergency departments have noticed an increase in people with that complaint and there's certainly been an increase in stool cultures being done," said Vicki Whitacre, Medical Director for the ZMCHD.
Whitacre says it's important to drink small amounts of clear liquids if you have these symptoms but if you can't hold down liquids or are becoming dehydrated, you should see a doctor. The virus is most commonly transferred hand-to-mouth so it's important to properly wash your hands several times a day and before and after you eat.
"Properly prepare your food, particularly meats. The other thing is just really good hand washing technique. Every time you go to the bathroom, any time you cough or sneeze try and do it in your elbow instead of in your hands because it's from your mouth."
Whitacre will be speaking at a free event called "Walk with the Doc" at the Bethesda Trail Saturday morning at 8:30 a.m. She will discuss immunizations and knowing your family's medical history and will stay after to answer any questions people might have.