Stomach virus making its way around

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Story Updated: Jan 3, 2011

(WKTV) - There's a good chance you have had, or know someone who has had a stomach virus recently. There are reports of it in many parts of the country over the past month or so, and now there seems to be an upswing in cases locally.

Dr. Stephen Eadline, a pediatrician with the Slocum Dickson Medical Group in New Hartford says he often sees cases of the stomach bug this time of year, and has seen many cases just in the past two weeks.

Dr. Eadline says this type of bug can be dangerous for young children and the elderly, "it's actually a virus that enters through the mouth, and can infect the stomach and the intestines. You might get vomiting, you might get diarrhea, you might get both, which is the worst. It's difficult in little children and in babies, because it's hard to manage the vomiting and the diarrhea sometimes with replacing the fluids that they need, and they can get dehydrated."

Dr. Eadline says the prescription for a stomach bug, is a lot of fluids, to put back those fluids that the body is losing, but he says replacing those can be tough, especially in young children, "you have to be persistent and if there's vomiting involved, you have to do a little bit at a time. Wait a half hour, 45 minutes, and try it again. If they start to vomit again, then we start over with it, and we try to teach parents about signs of dehydration, the lips get dry, the eyes get sunk, and if they have that, they've got to come in."

The stomach virus usually has an incubation period of about two days, then once you get it, you are contagious for about six to seven days. Dr. Eadline says the key once you do get it, is to avoid contact with people to limit its spread. He adds, "it's hard to do if you have an infant at home, or a preschooler, or grandparents around, it's very very hard. And people are sick of hearing about washing their hands, but I can't say it enough, to all the viewers out there, wash your hands this time of year."

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gross said on Tuesday, Jul 22 at 6:44 PM

In a perfect world you couldstay homebut bossdon't want that even thoyou might get sickdays

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Ladybounty said on Wednesday, Jun 18 at 8:14 AM

It should be against the law for ANYONE who is sick with the flu or a stomach bug to show up at work...PERIOD. Sick person to person is the ONLY way to keep spreading these sicknesses. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH! Stay home, regardless of what your boss does or says IF you are really sick. You can always apply for unemployment and bring charges against your boss and the company IF they force you to come to work sick. And, remember IF your boss makes you go in when you are ailing, make sure that you spread the sickness his or her ways....FIRST!

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boonville said on Monday, May 26 at 9:20 PM

why is this still on the site...from 2011?

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Cathy said on Sunday, May 4 at 5:03 PM

When I get sick with stomach virus or severe cold instead of my doctor giving me medicine so I can go to work they tell me to stay home and rest. I don't think doctor's understand we can't stay home or we run the risk of "getting in trouble" at work. We only get a few days sick time and then we don't get paid. I don't know about you but I can't afford not to get paid. The medical community has to listen to their patients when they tell you they can't stay home and rest!

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Jacob said on Sunday, Apr 20 at 10:51 AM

Well I think so cause I don't liked to get sick mines are all fine now but if I get sick then I will be really sick cause I get really sick when I get sick. So if your sick be sick but don't get me sick or I'll be sick for like ten days of sickness

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Diana said on Saturday, Dec 28 at 9:01 PM

I remember very rarely when I ask for the day off on my sick day, they get so upset, it throws off everything, so I decided regardless.. if that the case, then fine... One day I had a severe stomach flu, as soon as I enter my work, I spend the entire time vomiting, the boss ask where I am, they told her umm, she is in the bathroom vomit the whole time, by the time I get out, they told me to go home and why did I go to work, I told her you always threw a fit everytime I get sick, I had to go to work... well I guess she learns something. It is not fair for anyone who really get sick and you go to work because we have fear of losing our job.

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payattention said on Monday, Dec 2 at 5:11 PM

most stomach viruses only last 2-3 days, not 3 years (check the date lol)

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intheshadow said on Sunday, Dec 1 at 7:39 AM

i agree with yupyup. employers only give like 2 sick days then they punish you if you if get sick. 2 days is hardly enough when you get sick with this especially if you work in a healthcare setting and work with the sickest people and get exposed to all kinds of things. you fear of retaliation and job loss so you have to go to work sick. it's sad that in healthcare that employers reward employees to go to work sick, and punish those who call in when they are sick. remember when you work with the sickest people statistically you are more apt to get sick more often. dah. it's a no brainer.

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just me said on Thursday, Jul 25 at 11:09 PM

did anyone stop and think to check if it is that parasitic infection that is going around the country??

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paspur said on Thursday, Jul 25 at 7:14 AM

I agree with washing your hands but I also agree with yupyup. Employers are very tough on their employees when it comes to call-ins. As employees we don't have the option of staying home and taking care of ourselves.

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yupyup said on Wednesday, Oct 12 at 6:00 PM

definitely handwashing! per 2nites newscast, "adults need 2 take care of selves as they do kids", easier said than done when your employer will drill u, make u make up the day, give you a point (demerit), say u must come in anyway. people are in grave fear of losing their jobs, calling in sick - not an option, so...we go to work sick and pray we don't spread it around and just do the best we can with otc meds and after hours drs. appts! so, washing your hands is the first and best defense to stop the spread of germs and disease - carry hand sanitizer. stay well :)

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no name said on Thursday, Jan 6 at 1:20 PM

wash your hands

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betty said on Tuesday, Jan 4 at 1:53 PM

wow the kids in town r gettin sick

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swampsville said on Tuesday, Jan 4 at 9:42 AM

agreed listen to the doctor and wash your hands

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