Doctor Erica Magers of the Charlotte Medical Group in Charlotte says patients are reporting cases of stomach flu in her office. She says it's usually caused by a virus that causes irritation of the stomach and bowels. Symptoms include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fever, decreased appetite, abdominal pain and cramping and fatigue. Symptoms usually last one to three days, but in some cases may persist 7 to 10 days. Treatments include replacing lost fluids and electrolytes, water or pedialyte is best for young children. Tylenol can be used for fever control.
Doctor Trinh Nguyen at Mount Hope Community Medical Center on South Cedar in Lansing says residents should be on the lookout for salmonella outbreaks which are more prevalent in the summer months. Symptoms include diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps which develop 12 to 72 hours after infection. The illness usually lasts 4 to 7 days. To prevent the illness from spreading, wash hands often and disinfect kitchen counter tops after each food preparation.