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Dec 30, 2009 3:55 PM by Carina Corral

Stomach flu making its rounds, especially at the workplace


Chances are you have had, or know someone who has recently had, the stomach flu.
The bug is making its rounds, especially at the workplace.
According to doctors, your desk is one of your worst enemies when it comes to the stomach flu, especially the keyboard and the phone.
"There just a lot of things that we touch without realizing it," said Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center Emergency Room Dr. Mandi Tool.
The bug typically goes around this time of year, as it gets colder and people stay in doors, spreading germs among one another.
I even blogged about my own bout with it Christmas Eve.
It is not really a flu at all, but a virus that affects the stomach and small intestine.
Dr. Tool says you can avoid it by taking precautions.
" If you're in a workplace and you share computers or phones things that you're always touching make sure you clean those," she said.
Keeping hands clean helps, too.
But some people are just destined to get it and if, or when, the stomach flu ruins your day the best advice is stay hydrated.
"The liquids, even if its just spoon feeding yourself or just every 15 minutes a little teaspoon or tablespoon here and there," said Dr. Tool.
The B.R.A.T. diet, which consists of bananas, rice, applesauce and toast also helps aid recovery because it is low-fiber food, it is easy on the stomach.
Stomach flu symptoms include stomach aches, vomiting, diarrhea, and sometimes a low fever.
If they last between three to five days, seek medical attention.

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