Several illnesses making their way through the Tri-State
CINCINNATI (WKRC) - It's a busy week at local doctors' offices as several illnesses circulate in the Tri-State.
According to several area offices that report illnesses to Local 12 each week, there's a little bit of everything going around.
Public health experts in both Hamilton County and northern Kentucky say we've had light flu activity. And one school in Silver Grove closed Tuesday, saying they had a variety of viruses circulating as well.
The emergency medicine team at St. Elizabeth Healthcare says they've had some respiratory infections, but they say mainly people are coming in with some fevers with nausea and vomiting, accompanied by dehydration, due to a bad GI virus.
To treat those?
"We do some lab tests on them; we've been giving them some fluids--that kind of thing," says Chris Schewe, St. Elizabeth's emergency department's nurse manager. "They mostly walk in, have been walking in here. [We] haven't' really seen a lot of people--but a lot of walk-ins feeling really bad."
Now, as we travel place to place this holiday weekend, healthcare providers say it's tough to be indoors with people and not share some of these viruses.
Your best defense is washing your hand and keeping your own hands off your own face. It's also not too late to get a flu shot.