Stomach flu threatens elderly

3rd February 2007, Comments 0 comments

3 February 2007, AMSTERDAM – The number of cases of stomach flu has increased more in the past two months than in previous years. Roel Coutinho, director of the Centre for Infectious Diseases of the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) said on Saturday.

3 February 2007

AMSTERDAM – The number of cases of stomach flu has increased more in the past two months than in previous years. Roel Coutinho, director of the Centre for Infectious Diseases of the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment
(RIVM) said on Saturday.

“The stomach flu is a problem every winter, but this year it’s worse than usual.”

The increased number of cases is probably due to new strains of the so-called Noro virus which causes the stomach flu.

Weaker individuals, like nursing home patients, are in danger of dehydration if they contract the flu. The flu has only a small chance of resulting in death.

Those suffering are advised to drink plenty of water.

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Subject: Dutch news

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