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What’s Going Around: Stomach flu or influenza?

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EAST GRAND FORKS, MN (WDAZ-TV) - In this week's What's Going Around, some symptoms are causing confusion.

Dr. Lisa Jamsa from Sanford Health East Grand Forks is treating the stomach flu. Symptoms include nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramping, and diarrhea lasting for as long as 3-5 days, which is longer than the typical 24-48 hour stomach bug.

Patients need to make sure they are hydrated with water and/or sports drinks. Watch for signs of dehydration by comparing how much you drink and urinate with what is normal for you.

Good hand-washing will help prevent spreading of the illness. If you experience fevers, signs of dehydration, significant abdominal pain, or blood in your stools, consult your provider.

Patients often confuse the stomach flu with influenza. Influenza is a respiratory infection that can be prevented with a flu shot, while gastroenteritis affects your intestines.