Stomach illness making the rounds

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Doctors say a new bug is making people in our area very sick.

We're told it's affecting everyone from children to adults.

"People feel very flu like muscle aches you get a lot of cramping looser stools some people get a lot of fever and chill with that," Dr. Craig Irwin told WKYT.

This is the season for the stomach flu, and in the past week, he's seen about 15 to 20 cases, hitting adults and children hard.

"Well a lot of times, this is when it circulates, and a lot of times we're in small settings schools holiday times we are with one another in smaller communities and it tends to spread quite rapidly one person to another."

Irwin says smaller kids are a little tougher to control, because of all the germs they get their hands on.

But what if the little ones already have the bug?

"If they are sick, keep them at home because they will transmit it to their peers and colleagues and teacher and it's a very quickly spread," said Irwin.

The main thing to keep from getting the bug is to wash your hands.

Irwin says the virus lasts 18 to 24 hours.

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