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What's Going Around - April 17th

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Bay County, Fla. -

Dr. Hatem Mourad from Coastal Urgent Care and Family Medicine says Viral Gastroenteritis is going around.  He explains that it "is an infection of the stomach and intestines."

Dr. Mourad says symptoms include:

  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Muscle aches
  • Belly pain or cramping
  • Loss of appetite

He recommends seeking medical attention if you notice any of the following:

  • Symptoms of dehydration
  • Diarrhea or vomiting that lasts longer than a few days
  • Vomiting blood
  • Bloody diarrhea
  • Severe belly pain
  • Have not been able to drink for a few hours
  • Have not been able to urinate

To help prevent Gastroenteritis, Dr. Mourad recommends:

  • Washing your hands with soap and water often
  • Avoiding changing a diaper near where you prepare food
  • Making sure your baby gets the rotavirus vaccine