Stomach flu epidemic

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21 September 2007, BRUSSELS – There is an increased number of reports of stomach flu, especially in the provinces of Flemish Brabant and Antwerp. There is definitely an epidemic of gastrointestinal infections, Leuven virologist Marc Van Ranst said Friday in the Gazet van Antwerpen and Het Belang van Limburg.

21 September 2007

BRUSSELS – There is an increased number of reports of stomach flu, especially in the provinces of Flemish Brabant and Antwerp. There is definitely an epidemic of gastrointestinal infections, Leuven virologist Marc Van Ranst said Friday in the Gazet van Antwerpen and Het Belang van Limburg.

"The complaints are relatively minor in most cases, the patients are back to normal after two days of diarrhoea and cramps. The exact cause is difficult to trace, since few samples are brought in for analysis. These kinds of epidemics are common during the third or fourth week of September. We usually see them taper off after a few weeks," Van Ranst says.

"Children and teachers also have lower resistance against viral infections at the beginning of the school year. That improves after a few weeks but then more respiratory ailments start cropping up," says Dr. Jos De Smedt of the Scientific Association of Physicians.

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