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Stomach flu outbreak at a RCFE. Visit ban in place for a week now. What is the implication? How could a ban last for several weeks?

Stomach flu outbreak at a RCFE.  Visit ban in place for a week now.  What is the implication?  How could a ban last for several weeks?

Perhaps: they don't want visitors to become ill due to acquiring "the stomach flu?" A stomach flu virus can last as long as two weeks in someone with an intact immune system, and longer in someone who is immunocompromised due to medications or illness. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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How many days quarantine is considered typical when there is a stomach flu outbreak at a RCFE? This one RCFE has been in quarantine for four days.

How many days quarantine is considered typical when there is a stomach flu outbreak at a RCFE?  

This one RCFE has been in quarantine for four days.

That isn't a long: time. Mostly it depends on a lot of specific details such as the cause of the outbreak (cholera, dysentery, c diff, hepatitis A would be quite bad). And if the outbreak is getting worse. ...Read more

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Help for stomach flu?

Help for stomach flu?

Rest: Most viruses causing GI problems last inly a few days, drinking lots of fluids and rest are best. ...Read more

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How to cure stomach flu?

How to cure stomach flu?

Stomach Flu: It tends to run it's course. Be gentle with your GI tract. Start with clear liquid like water, soda that is clear, or sports hydration drinks. Work up to solids with bland foods like bananas, rice, applesauce, toast, gelatin, or chicken. Avoid alcohol, nicotine, caffeine, dairy & high fat foods. Rest. ...Read more

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What treats the stomach flu?

What treats the stomach flu?

Gastroenteritis.: Start w clear liquid like water, slightly flattened soda that is clear, or sports hydration drinks. Sip, sip, sip. Work up to solids w bland foods like bananas, rice, applesauce, toast, gelatin, or chicken. Avoid alcohol, nicotine, caffeine, dairy & high fat foods. Rest. ...Read more

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What to do for a stomach flu?

Stay hydrated.: Start w clear liquid like water, slightly flattened soda that is clear, or sports hydration drinks. Sip, sip, sip. Work up to solids w bland foods like bananas, rice, applesauce, toast, gelatin, or chicken. Avoid alcohol, nicotine, caffeine, dairy & high fat foods. Rest. ...Read more

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Will stomach flu go by itself ?

Will stomach flu go by itself ?

Usually yes: According to the CDC, viral gastroenteritis usually has a duration of 1 to 10 days (depending on the specific virus). The average is 1 to 3 days. ...Read more

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What are the tests for stomach flu?

Usually none: Stomach flu is usually caused by a virus. There are many viruses that can cause it, and they are quite contagious. The good news is that it goes away on its own and doesn't generally need special testing or treatment (other than making sure you don't get dehydrated!) prolonged vomiting (more than a couple days) or prolonged diarrhea (more than a couple weeks) should prompt a visit to the doctor. ...Read more

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Is vernors good for the stomach flu?

Is vernors good for the stomach flu?

Ginger: Ginger has been shown to have various health benefits and studies show it to be beneficial for the treatment of nausea / vomiting, depending on the cause. Vernon ginger ale may or may not help, but fresh ginger tea or crystallized ginger is healthier and likely to be more effective. ...Read more

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Is there a stomach flu going around?

Possibly: Depends on where you live? As we are at the start of the school year gastroenteritis cases definitely start to increase. ...Read more

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Dr. David Cohen
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Stomach Flu (Definition)

Viral gastroenteritis is a viral infection of the GI tract. It can be picked up from contact with surfaces and foods that are carrying the virus. Symptoms include upset stomach, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal cramps. Sometimes ...Read more


Dr. Stephen Scholand
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Gastroenteritis (Definition)

Gastroenteritis is a loose term denoting inflammation of the stomach and small ...Read more