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What’s Going Around: Influenza B

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GRAND FORKS, ND (WDAZ-TV) - In this week's "What's Going Around," watch out for the stomach bug, and folks in one area are still fighting the flu. Here's how you can stay healthy.

Stephanie Hinkle from Sanford Health East Grand Forks is treating the stomach flu. Symptoms can include nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramping, and diarrhea.

Patients, stay 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.

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

Dr. Katherine Joseph at Sanford Health Thief River Falls is still treating influenza B. This comes with a high fever and body aches.

If you've been exposed and start to get sick, see a physician soon, as you need to start medication within 48 hours of symptoms. These meds reduce the duration of the virus.

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