New Stomach Bug Sweeping the Country Gives Us Something to Fear Besides the Flu

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hand sanitizerI'm pretty much ready to buy my family hazmat suits and have them start wearing them full-time for the next couple of months. First there's the flu that has me shooting visual daggers at every kid who coughs in our vicinity, and now there's a new "vomiting virus" infiltrating the country that can keep you and yours home and miserable for days on end too.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention today released a report that details this new strain of norovirus that is taking over in the United States and spreading through the world. More than 140 outbreaks in the U.S. since September have been caused by it, and more may be on the way.

According to USA Today, we have our friends in Australia to thank for this one as that's where's it originated. It's been dubbed the GII4 Sydney virus. With it comes things like "nausea, projectile vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal pain."

Since it's a new strain of the virus, it can potentially have a wider reach since people haven't been exposed to it before. And bonus -- it's extremely contagious.

There is some good news, however. While it's not a fun one to endure, it's not highly dangerous in most cases. The majority of people will fight it off without any kind of medical intervention after a couple of days. Of course, the elderly and others with compromised immune systems are always at the highest risk.

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So it could be worse, but still, I'm so sick of all of the sick. And it's only January. The season for this stuff runs through March!

Actually my family has been pretty fortunate thus far, and besides a bad sinus infection I had last week, we've managed to escape anything else ... so far. But I live in fear and with lots of hand sanitizer just waiting for something to strike, as I know it has for many across the country. How many days until summer?

What kind of sickness has your family been hit with? Are you living in fear of sickness?


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poshkat poshkat

Dh just got over that. He did not go to the doctor. Everyone at his job has had it over the last week and many just stayed home sick without calling their doctors.

kjbug... kjbugsmom1517

We have been very lucky this year. We wash hands eat good and get extra sleep. And no sanitizer.

Misteh Misteh

My whole family had this on NYE. Even the baby. We rang in the New Year with out heads in buckets.

nonmember avatar NoWay

My family had this or something like it. The first one got it on Christmas day. The second was two days before NYE, and the third was a week after that. I was lucky and didn't get it that round ... *fingers crossed*

RoseP... RosePetalTears

pretty sure we either have it now or had it a month ago....we've gotten hit with the same symptoms/nasiness twice now

nonmember avatar Zack

Of course it is serious, have you never heard of "post-infectious-irritable bowel syndrome"? Can be triggered from Norovirus or other stomach bugs. aka food poison.

jessi... jessicasmom1

ugh :-( I sure hpe not 

Ginger Sadler

No I don't live in fear...I had the flu have had the swine flu in the past...People get sick, sometimes they die from it, that is life..You can't enjoy life if you live it in fear..Hand washing avoiding crowds avoiding touching your face after touching something in public..will help...hiding and not living won't.

KenneMaw KenneMaw

According to the CDC, you MUST wash your hands with soap and water.  Hand santitizers will not kill this virus.  also, you could be contagious for up to 3 days after your symptoms disappear.   If you gget this virus or know of someone who has it, DO NOT PREPARE FOOD!!!  As a working mom, if you get this crap, STAY HOME!   If you kids get it, KEEP THEM HOME!!

nonmember avatar Touchdown

I had norovirus last year, while pregnant, which was the multi-day original version. It was awful and my dd got it right after me. I cleaned all of my surfaces per the CDC recommendations. Hand washing and being careful where you buy uncooked food is really the best prevention.

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