Another sickness is sweeping the nation. It's called the Norovirus. a highly contagious stomach bug and a new strain of the virus, the Sydney strain. is spreading, fast.
Right now there are no big outbreaks of the virus here in Central Texas. But it may not a bad idea to start taking precaution against the virus now.
The Norovirus is also known at the "winter vomiting disease,"infecting more than 20 Million Americans every year. But you can take steps avoid the virus. The big one is washing your hands, thoroughly and frequently. Make sure you're food is cooked well, and avoid raw foods.
It's very contagious in crowded areas like schools, daycares, or nursing homes. But if you do get the virus, you'll want to make sure you drink plenty of fluids.
"The biggest consequence from this virus is dehydration so you want to guard yourself against that. A lot of times, you want to see your doctor or your provider and if they're suspecting this illness they can give anti-nausea or anti vomiting medicine," said Dr. Scott Gogulski, a family practice physician with Wellstone Health Partners.
There's really no treatment or vaccine for it for the Norovirus. Symptoms include vomiting and diarrhea. But it will only last a few days and for some, only 24 hours.