Cases of stomach virus showing up in southeast Iowa

A strong stomach virus has been making its way across the country, and has infected people in the Heartland.

Doctors are saying that the virus can spread from people touching objects or shaking hands with those that are already infected, as well as using the same utensils or drinking out of the same glass.

â??People develop symptoms, sometimes around 24 to 48 hours until it passes through the stomach and into the intestinal track where it causes a disruption of the intestinal track which leads to the abdominal cramping, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea,â?? said Dr. Sandro Younadam with Ottumwa Regional Medical Center.

Dr. Younadam added that it is important to stay hydrated until the virus passes through your system.

â??Now once you get those symptoms, what happens for most people, especially our elderly population and our younger population is that they get dehydrated. So, they are not able to keep enough fluid to remain hydrated. That is the biggest concern, is to stay hydrated as much as possible,â?? Younadam said.

Dr. Younadam says that the stomach virus can sometimes be mistaken for the flu, however if the symptoms are strong, you should consult with your doctor.

The best prevention so you do not get the virus is to wash your hands on a regular basis.