Amarillo and the Texas Panhandle have been hit hard by a stomach bug over the last few weeks.
A stomach "flu", as some people are calling it, has been the cause of lost work days and school absences. Local residents are reporting a sudden onset of nausea, vomiting, dizziness, and diahrrea. "It just hit me out of the blue", says Kim Unruh LVN, an Amarillo home health nurse. She reported running a low-grade fever over a 24 hour time period. "I felt better the next day. I was just a little weak."
So far, no major complications have been reported in the majority of the population. "The concern would be individuals with compromised immune systems and the elderly", says Unruh. Local doctors are encouraging the usual precautions. Handwashing and limiting cross contamination is the key. If you should become ill, stay away from work or school for at least 24 hours or more if possible. Limiting your exposure to family members is also important to keep the entire household from becoming ill.
Unruh also stressed the importance of fluids while symptoms are present. "Flat gingerale or Sprite is good after the initial onset of vomiting subsides. Sipping small amounts of water and getting plenty of rest will be key to a speedy recovery." As always, consult your local physician if you are diabetic or suffer from another health condition which could be complicated by the inability to consume your regular diet or medication.