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Wednesday, February 6, 2013 - 23:29
A highly contagious stomach bug is spreading across the region and kids are most vulnerable to it.
Norovirus and it's bigger and uglier sister, Rotavirus can cause violent vomiting, diarrhea, and stomach cramps.Doctors say if your kid catches either one, it can last two to three days. But unlike the chicken pox, though, this nasty virus is a repeat attacker.
"It's a problem because you don't have lifelong immunity. What that means is that if you get the infection once, in some other cases of with some other viral infections, you don't get it again. With Rotavirus, you're unlucky because you can get it over and over and over again," said Dr. Lourdes Asiain, pediatrician in West El Paso.
You can avoid the virus altogether with simple prevention strategies:
Have kids wash their hands often with soap and water, wipe surfaces with bleach-based household cleaners, and keep your kids at home if they get sick.