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Doctors report rise in flu, Norovirus cases

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Doctors said now is the time for seasonal rises in cases of the stomach bug, or Norovirus. Doctors said now is the time for seasonal rises in cases of the stomach bug, or Norovirus.
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

Lab test results are in at Huntsville Pediatric Associates for the week ending Dec. 1, and the word of the week is ‘Norovirus,' also known as the stomach bug.

Doctors said it is the season for that particular bug to begin its seasonal appearance. "November to April is when you're going to see Norovirus," said Dr. Tim Stewart, M.D.

The illness is contagious and extremely hard to get rid of.

"It is spread through the vomit, the stool, just being around it, trying to help clean up after someone, you can get exposed to it," said Dr. Stewart.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends you use bleach when cleaning the area.

Doctors are also keeping their eyes on two other viruses: RSV and influenza. Last week, doctors tested 17 for the flu. Two were positive, but that figure is already rising.

"We've already seen four cases of flu this morning," Dr. Stewart said.

Norovirus usually lasts for three days and there is no prescribed treatment.

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