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Stomach bug causes concern locally

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TROY, N.Y. -According to the Centers for Disease Control the new strain of the Norovirus originating from Australia is now in the U.S. and accounting for about 60 percent of stomach bug outbreaks in the country.

It didn't take NEWS10 long to find local residents who have already battled the bug. The Rensselaer County Health Department has been getting many calls of concern. 

"Oh it was horrible. I'm telling you," said Sherry Maloney of Watervliet.

Maloney recalled her bout with the Norovirus, better known as the stomach bug. She had little chance to escape as it spread through her apartment building.

"Thirteen people that got really bad sick from it and then three people had to go to the hospital," said Maloney.

Doctors at Albany Memorial Hospital are already seeing a flood of people dealing with the symptoms.
"Nausea, severe vomiting, abdominal pain, diarrhea. Some people actually can have some taste impacts. You can get muscle aches. You can just feel generally miserable," said Doctor Clifford Erickson.

Martin maloney recalls that miserable feeling.

"It just felt like a lot of cramping in my stomach and then I just couldn't stop puking after that," said Maloney.

She says the bug quickly spread at her job too.

"I think like 12 people," said Maloney.

A main concern with norovirus is dehydration.

"If your mouth is very dry. If say an infant doesn't make tears when they cry. If you're not producing any urine. If you're not urinating frequently," said Dr. Erickson.

Dr. Erickson says those signs mean seek medical attention. Unlike the flu a shot can't help.

"There have been some studies that have looked at trying to come up with a vaccine for Norovirus but there's not a vaccine available for Norovirus," said Dr. Erickson.

"Simple, quick rinse of your hands under the tap or using alcohol based hand sanitizers tend not to be terribly effective," Dr. Erickson said.

The best way to prevent catching the bug is to wash your hands often under warm water for at least 30 seconds.

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