GI Illness on the Rise

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Virus in a comic stripThe Virginia Department of Health regularly monitors ED/urgent care visits for gastrointestinal (GI) illness using a syndromic surveillance system and has noted a rise in GI illness activity in the area.

The holidays represent a higher risk period of contracting viral illnesses due to the increase in social engagements, visits from family and friends, and more people out in the community shopping or at holiday events.

The best mechanism of defense to avoid these very contagious viruses (such as Norovirus) is to perform good hand hygiene with soap and water, avoid visits with family and friends that are feeling ill, and staying home if you develop nausea, vomiting or uncontrollable diarrhea to protect other community members.