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Stomach bug terrorizes some Central Texans

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The Norovirus is too small to see with the common eye, but it can make you feel miserable—and it’s going around Austin.

Dr. Edward Lee, the Medical Director at St. David’s Emergency Center, says he has seen a large number of stomach illnesses caused by the virus.

"Severe abdominal cramping, vomiting, diarrhea, low grade fever and some chills," Dr. Lee said.

It's not only keeping Central Texans close to the restroom, it's spreading across the country.

"Now what we have going on this year is a slight variance to the Norovirus,” Lee said. “We call it the Australian variance or subtype. It tends to be hitting people harder in our community, actually nationwide."

The virus is also highly contagious.

"It only takes a very small amount of the virus to get you sick. It's very easily transmissible,” Lee said. “You can get it off of other people, other surfaces. It can be transmitted through food if food handlers happen to be infected with it."

There are some things you can do to protect yourself form the Norovirus.

"Hygiene precautions are the big thing here. Washing your hands very frequently,” Lee said. “If you are a food handler, and you get sick with this, do not go to work. That is a great way to spread it. If you're around similarly ill people, try to stay away from them, even if you're taking care of them, wash your hands very frequently."

If you do catch the virus, most cases go away in two to three days.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is currently tracking the Norovirus. Click here for the latest.

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