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VOMITING? Have DIARRHEA? Gastroenteritis (a viral stomach bug) is no fun. Review our resources.

In addition to seeing many cases of the seasonal flu (influenza), Gannett is also hearing from many students infected with a highly-transmissible stomach virus.

Symptoms include abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea, fever or feverish feeling lasting 1-3 days. Although very unpleasant, the virus will eventually clear on its own (antibiotics won’t help).

To avoid this unpleasant illness:

  • Wash well and wash often with hot water and soap. Hand sanitizer is not as effective at killing this virus.
  • Use bleach-based cleaning products, especially in shared bathrooms.
  • Avoid sharing drinks, utensils, lip balm, smoking paraphernalia and other personal items. 

If you are experiencing symptoms:

  • We have advice about what to do (and not do!) about vomiting and diarrhea, and when to call for help. Please read this information (pdf).
  • If you want to consult with a health care provider, you can call us 24/7: 607-255-5155.

Publish date: February 7, 2017

Category: Public Health