Perfect Storm Of Viruses Spreading Among Local Residents
By Mel Fabrikant Tuesday, February 05, 2013, 06:17 PM EST
In the midst of the flu outbreak, another virus – Norovirus – is spreading quickly throughout our area. Urgent cares like Doctors Express, with a local office in our area, have been slammed with patients suffering from Norovirus – marked by stomach pain, nausea, diarrhea and vomiting. This is especially dangerous for the elderly and children because it leads to dehydration and people don’t like to drink when they feel like they have to vomit. Another problem is that folks don’t know why they’re sick – Do they have the flu? Noroviris? A respiratory illness? Or just the common cold? They can’t wait for days to see their pediatrician or hours at the ER, so they often flock to urgent care for a quick diagnosis and relief!
The Centers for Disease Control is reporting the Norovirus outbreak in 47 out of 50 states. Unlike influenza which spreads through the air, Norovirus lives on surfaces or food people touch, is easily transmitted, very contagious and can infect anyone. This virus is so strong that hand sanitizer does not really stop it from spreading.
The best way to help prevent Norovirus is to practice proper hand washing and general cleanliness.
“Unfortunately, there is no vaccine for this particular virus,” Dr. Scott Burger, co-founder and Chief Medical Officer of Doctors Express. “If there is a silver lining to this predicament, it’s that proper hygiene is the best source of prevention. So, we are urging people to be extra vigilant about washing their hands and cleaning off all surfaces with bleach products.”