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Winter Stomach Flu: Contagious and Increasing Cases in the UAE

Understand why stomach flu is contagious
Understand why stomach flu is contagious

The increase in stomach flu cases during winters can be attributed to its contagious nature, affecting young children and the elderly, leading to hospitalization in severe cases. Several variants of the stomach bug can spread quickly through close contact, contaminated surfaces, and shared food and utensils. Health professionals recommend distinguishing between the stomach flu (viral gastroenteritis) and influenza (a respiratory condition), emphasizing the importance of hand hygiene to prevent transmission. These infections are more common in colder months when people spend more time indoors in close proximity, facilitating the spread of respiratory and gastrointestinal viruses. Symptoms include vomiting, stomach cramps, nausea, bloating, and diarrhea. In cases where a child has a high fever, doesn't respond to oral medicines, or experiences extreme lethargy and irritability, seeking medical attention is crucial. Hydration and oral rehydration solutions are essential for managing viral gastroenteritis. Symptoms can persist for up to five to six days, and in severe cases, antibiotics may be administered to manage symptoms and provide supportive care.

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By- Sahiba Sur

By: Sahiba Suri