Flu cases are down in Kansas, but stomach illnesses are spreading quickly

Dan Weinbaum
January 24, 2019 - 5:02 am

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Health care officials say the flu season in Kansas has been mild so far, but they are seeing more cases of stomach bugs.

The flu is widespread in Kansas but it is not as bad as last year. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment is seeing a smaller percentage of people reporting the flu so far this season, which leads them to believe the season is close to average.

But stomach problems are causing a lot of people to miss work. 

"We have been receiving increased reports of gastro-intestinal illnesses," said Farah Ahmed, KDHE epidemiologist. "That's kind of expected -- there's a virus called Norovirus that circulates pretty predominantly this time of year."

Nororvirus is highly contagious and spreads very quickly from person to person. It causes vomiting, diarrhea and stomach pain. 

Outbreaks have been reported across the state, Ahmed said.

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