More Norovirus Cases Reported

(Memphis) In just a day, nearly a dozen people were seen for the Norovirus at a Memphis Clinic.

That may not seem like a lot, but doctors are calling the stomach bug an epidemic.

Friday, Michael Castellaw was checked out at the doctor's office.

Several days ago, he was diagnosed after getting violently sick with the Norovirus.

Now, he feels much better, but is still a little weak.

“I was absolutely miserable, didn't want to get out of bed. Tried to sleep as much as I could, but nothing made it feel any better,” recalled Michael.

Michael picked up the phone and called his dad, Dr. Mark Castellaw with Baptist Memorial.  Dr. Castellaw tells News Channel 3, the bug is the worst it`s been in several years.

“Its very virulent this year, its causing nausea, vomiting and diarrhea,” said Castellaw.

For most healthy people the doctor says, the illness will go away in about three days, but for another three days you are still contagious.

The doctor warns to stay at home, even if you feel better.

“For other people who have chronic illnesses like diabetes and heart disease, it can be deadly.  A lot of these people have to get put in the hospital because they get so severely dehydrated,” said Dr. Castellaw.

If you do get sick, drink lots of liquids.

The doctor suggests drinks like Gatorade or PowerAide which help restore many nutrients you aren’t able to keep down.

There isn't a vaccination for this virus like there is for the flu and the virus can be a little tricky.

“It can be all of the above. It can be airborne. It can be touching and food borne as well,” pointed out the doctor.

So how do you protect yourself from a virus that seems to be everywhere?

“Wash your hands and wash them again,” expressed Castellaw.

It seems simple, but the doctor says it`s the best defense.

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