Doctors see increase in patients

If you've gotten sick this year, doctors said you're not alone.

Posted: Dec. 30, 2017 9:02 PM
Updated: Dec. 30, 2017 11:28 PM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — If you've gotten sick this year, doctors said you're not alone.

Health care professionals said emergency rooms and urgent care centers have been busy for the last several weeks. They want to remind people to wash their hands regularly.

Also to disenfect any objects that multiple people are using.

IU Health Arnett Emergency Room Doctor Nick Sansone said the root of this comes from two different strands of virus.

"We've been seeing a large amount of infleunza, which is fevers, muscle aches, joint aches, coughing congestion and that's been very common, along with the norovirus has been hit very hard this year which is that virus that causes vomiting," said Sansone.

He said the flu vaccination wasn't very strong this year. However, both of these viruses are preventative, and staying hydrated will decrease your risk of catching either one.

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