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Stomach flu cases on the rise in Sedgwick County

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012, at 10:24 p.m.
  • Updated Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013, at 7:32 p.m.

Stomach flu is on the rise in Sedgwick County, health officials said Tuesday.

“It’s one of those uncomfortable and highly contagious issues that we deal with that passes within a couple of days without complication,” said Claudia Blackburn, director of the Sedgwick County Health Department.

Symptoms of the stomach virus include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, muscle aches, fever and chills. The virus may not show these symptoms until 24 to 48 hours after initial exposure.

Complications, Blackburn said, may include extreme dizziness and trouble urinating. If these symptoms arise, she encourages those individuals to contact a health care provider immediately.

The health department is encouraging the public to:

• Clean all surfaces thoroughly if they come in contact with bodily fluids of an infected person.

• If infected, do not prepare food for others.

• Wash hands before preparing food and after using the restroom or changing diapers.

• Do not use hand sanitizers as a replacement for hand-washing.

• Carefully wash produce before consuming.

• Stay at home if feeling ill.

“People are socializing a lot during the holidays, so there’s a lot of hand-shaking and sharing food,” Blackburn said. “There are just a lot of friends and family gathering together.”

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