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Local doctors warn against “extremely contagious” stomach virus

What’s being described as an "extremely contagious" stomach virus is making its way across the Tri-States.

Doctors at SIU Center for Family Medicine in Quincy say they started seeing cases of the virus a couple weeks ago. The symptoms include a sudden onset of nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, sometimes coupled with a fever. 

Doctors say the virus usually runs its course within 24 to 48 hours. 

"Keep pushing water," said Dr. Bill Dixon at SIU Center for Family Medicine. "Keep pushing fluids. It’s the dehydration that’s going to get folks in trouble. If you can keep from getting severely dehydrated, typically it’ll fix itself."

To prevent the virus from spreading, Dr. Dixon recommends washing your hands frequently. He also says hand sanitizers are effective in preventing the spread of the virus. 

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