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Stomach virus spreading fast in SC

GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

A stomach virus is hitting South Carolina hard, including the Upstate.   

Physicians tell us the Norovirus causes 50 percent of all stomach viruses. Heritage Pediatrics and Internal Medicine Physician Dr. Jeremy Byrd says the symptoms can be nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and stomach cramping.

South Carolina health officials announced they've seen more than four times the number of outbreaks than this time last year. But Byrd says transmission of the virus doesn't stop on things you touch.

"You could be at risk if someone goes to the bathroom that prepares your food and doesn't wash their hands correctly. It can be transmitted to you," said Byrd. 

Byrd says if you get sick, you don't have to see a doctor as long as you stay hydrated. He says it will usually take a good 24 to 72 hours for the virus to run its course out of your body, but you're still at risk. He also says a person can still be contagious four to five weeks after having the virus.

Byrd says you should go see your doctor only when you become dehydrated. He says in the mean time you can use basic alcohol wipes or wash your hands under warm water for 20 seconds to prevent the spread of the Norovirus.

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