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Stomach flu hitting parts of Illinois hard

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QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) -- It's that time of year again, when it seems everyone is catching the flu. But this year, there is a new and more contagious stomach virus going around.

It's called the NoroVirus and the Chicago area is one of the hardest hit in the country.Officials say this is not as dangerous as the infamous 'swine flu' last year, but does pose a widespread health risk. Mainly due to its high contraction rate. As with any virus, doctors say the simplest and most effective way to keep yourself health is to wash your hands regularly.

"As few as 14 viral particles will infect you. It can last or survive on a surface for up to 25 days. So it's an extremely contagious virus." Dr. Dennis Go, Quincy Medical Group, Pediatrician.

 

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