Outbreak Alert: Stomach Bug Spreading Rapidly in St. Louis

There has been an increase in cases of a stomach bug going around St. Louis recently, causing symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal cramping. This illness, also known as gastroenteritis, is often caused by viruses, such as norovirus, and can also be triggered by bacteria or parasites. It is highly contagious and can spread quickly in indoor environments, particularly in crowded places like schools, daycare centers, and workplaces.

The best way to prevent the spread of this stomach bug is through proper hygiene practices, such as washing hands thoroughly with soap and water, especially after using the bathroom and before handling food. It is also important to disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with the virus. Additionally, staying home when feeling unwell can help prevent the further spread of the illness.

If you or someone you know is experiencing symptoms of this stomach bug, it is important to stay hydrated and get plenty of rest. Over-the-counter medications can help alleviate some of the discomfort associated with gastroenteritis, but it is crucial to consult with a healthcare provider, particularly if symptoms persist or worsen.

### Health Tips to Prevent and Manage Stomach Bug:

– Wash hands frequently with soap and water
– Disinfect surfaces and objects regularly
– Stay home when feeling unwell
– Stay hydrated and get plenty of rest if experiencing symptoms
– Consult with a healthcare provider if symptoms persist or worsen