A new norovirus strain was detected last year in Australia and has reached the United States.
Wednesday, January 30
Although the flu is on everyone’s minds this season, the winter vomiting bug, or the norovirus, is making its rounds. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that the norovirus causes about 70,000 hospitalizations and 800 deaths each year, mostly in young children and the elderly. Some of the virus' common symptoms include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and stomach pains. The CDC points out that the norovirus is often referred to as the stomach flu, but it is unrelated to influenza. So far, there have not been any reports of the norovirus in Londonderry, according to Londonderry Health Director Richard Canuel. A new norovirus strain, GII.4 Sydney, was detected last year in Australia. The strain hit the U.K. and sickened …
With cold and flu season upon us, Saint Barnabas offers some tips to protect yourself.
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
The following has been submitted by Samantha Anton of Saint Barnabas Medical Center. As cold and flu season gets into full swing, Saint Barnabas Medical Center reminds residents that there are many precautions to take to stay healthy. “The common cold and flu can spread from person to person in several ways,” said board-certified internist Mindy Houng, MD, Practice Director from the Saint Barnabas Internal Medicine Faculty Practice. “The most common include breathing in air with droplets produced by coughing and sneezing, touching something with the virus on it (such as a counter top or door knob) and then touching the mouth, nose or eyes.” Symptoms of colds and flu vary and may include one or more of the following: runny nose, …