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Norovirus hitting Tampa Bay area kids hard

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) - There's a really nasty stomach bug going around Tampa Bay. Norovirus is not pleasant and sadly it's getting the best of a lot of kids and adults this summer.

Norovirus causes vomiting and diarrhea and is extremely contagious. Younger children, the elderly and anyone with a weak immune system all are more susceptible to it. 

Dr. Lou Romig with After Hours Pediatrics says if vomiting is the issue, let the child's stomach rest for about half an hour before giving them any clear fluids, and then give it to them a teaspoon at a time every 5-10 minutes until the child can keep it down.  

Don't keep your child on a liquid-only diet for more than 24 hours. 

Watch out for dehydration with this bug. I can happen easily since kids are having a hard time keeping anything in their stomach!

Because it's so contagious, don't share drinks, or eat after one another if someone if your family comes down with this. It can last for a few days, so also make sure to wipe down counter tops and door handles in your house as well to keep germs from spreading.

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