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Stomach Bug

WHAT IS IT: sickness caused by a virus which spreads from person to person or through food contamination.  Symptoms usually appear 1-2 days after exposure and are mild, usually lasting 1-2 days.

SYMPTOMS

Upset Stomach

Diarrhea

Vomiting

Fever

Headache

Abdominal cramps

Dehydration

TREATMENT

Get plenty of rest.

Wait about 30-60 minutes after the last vomiting to try drinking fluids.

Sip small amounts of clear liquids frequently. Try ice chips, sips of water, flat ginger ale or 7-up, weak tea, diluted apple juice, Gatorade, clear soups, Jell-O, popsicles.

Eat small amounts of bland food frequently for 2-3 days to prevent recurrence.

Let your gastrointestinal tract settle by not eating for several hours. Then start with small amounts of bland, easy-to-digest food such as cooked cereals, bread or bagel (no butter or margarine), toast with jelly, crackers, plain pasta, pretzels or bread sticks, fruits  (banana, apple, applesauce), cooked potatoes,  cooked vegetables, eggs, rice, chicken, turkey, and baked fish.

Avoid dairy products, greasy or spicy foods, raw vegetables, caffeine, and alcohol until recovery is complete.

WHEN TO SEEK CARE

Stools containing blood or black stools

Temperature over 101.5F for more than 24 hours

Prolonged vomiting

Signs of dehydration

Diarrhea that lasts more than 3 days

PREVENTION
Wash your hands.

Don’t share drinks.

Do not prepare food for people if you are sick.

Throw out refrigerated leftovers once a week to avoid eating spoiled food.

Clean surfaces well before preparing food on them.

Keep your meats separate from your vegetables when storing them.

Cook meat to 160F and maintain at 140F or higher.

Thaw meat in the refrigerator or microwave.

Refrigerate leftovers within two hours.

Don’t put cooked meat on the plate where raw meat was held