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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Sasha Kells

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AuntP... AuntPammie

I've been lucky, but my sister's family has had both the flu and the stomach bug within two weeks. I love them, but have kept my distance.

Bre0506 Bre0506

My five yr old has had it since Monday. Has been in bed since 6:30 tonight and hasn't eaten anything but Saltines since Monday. Thank god she is not throwing up but has very bad abdominal pains. My poor baby is a tough cookie I would be crying,I'm the worst when it comes to the stomach bug! Lol

needa... needadvice1983

Hmm I bet this is what we had. My three kids and I all had those exact symptoms last month. (And when they say projectile vomiting they mean it!) but we had no fevers. I figured it was the flu but now I'm thinking it must have been this.

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wamom223 wamom223

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Furry... Furrycreature

Pretty sure we had this. It sucked. We lived. 

babys... babysugars2006

Sounds no different than the usual stomach bug. So far so good here, knock on wood. Last time we had it was during thanksgiving last year....totally ruined turkey for a while lol

Stacy Cross Thompson

FYI on hand sanitizer: it's useless unless you also WASH YOUR HANDS. You can't sanitize a dirty surface. Nothing beats good old soap and water, just sayin'.

Scrlt... ScrltBegonia

You ridiculous fearmongerer!!! 140 cases in a nation of MILLIONS hardly counts as an "outbreak" !!!! I really am starting to loathe most of these UBER-OPINIONATED stir articles!! The Stir bloggers are part of the problem and anyone who relies on the Stir is also part of the problem. This isn't "news" It's scare tactics and opinions.

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