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NEWS: Nunavut February 08, 2018 - 10:30 am

Tummy bug makes the rounds in Nunavut

Lay low if you're hit by a stomach illness, the GN advises

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Looks pretty, but this virus can cause the kind of stomach illness that many in Nunavut are now suffering from. (PHOTO/WIKIPEDIA COMMONS)
Looks pretty, but this virus can cause the kind of stomach illness that many in Nunavut are now suffering from. (PHOTO/WIKIPEDIA COMMONS)

If you live in Nunavut and you’re feeling queasy, you probably aren’t alone in your discomfort.

A stomach illness is making its way around the territory, the Government of Nunavut said in an advisory on Wednesday, Feb. 8.

The symptoms can include nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, fever and diarrhea.

While it’s not uncommon at this time of year, this illness can be spread easily from person to person, and may move throughout the community quickly, the GN said.

To avoid getting sick, wash your hands often, the GN advised.

And you should cough and sneeze into your sleeve, make sure you wash your hands after changing a baby’s diaper, and try to keep countertops and doorknobs clean by using hot water and soap.

Anyone with stomach flu symptoms should stay home, rest and drink plenty of fluids, the advisory said.

As well, if you are vomiting and have diarrhea, don’t make meals for the family, to reduce the risk of spreading the virus to family members.

If your symptoms last longer than 48 hours, call your local health centre for advice, the GN said.

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