A local pediatrician has reported an increase in reported cases of stomach bug this winter. Although the cause is yet to be determined, symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea and nausea.
Dr. Caryl Bjorseth with Rochester Regional Health has linked the increase in cases to the decline of masking amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
The stomach virus appears to be contagious and is affecting people of all ages. Dr. Bjorseth said that “for most families, it’s hitting the whole family.” Hydration and adequate rest are recommended to alleviate symptoms of the illness.
However, those experiencing signs of dehydration are advised to seek immediate medical attention. Additionally, there is also an outbreak of strep throat in the area. Patients are advised to take necessary precautions to avoid contracting the virus.
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