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Medical professionals warn of rise in stomach virus in school-aged children

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Doctors are urging parents to keep and eye out for a rise in the stomach virus in children and attribute the uptick to students returning to school.

The close contact in the classroom puts students at an increased risk.

The virus is spread from person to person through saliva or stool.

The virus can live on surfaces for hours at at time so sharing utensils and cups are a way to contract it.

Symptoms may include; nausea, diarrhea or stomach pains.

"If your child is not getting better and if the pain is getting worse, come and be check out by the doctor," said Kaiser Permanente Doctor Fernando Fan, Chief or Pediatrics.

The virus can be spread two to three days before a person shows signs of symptoms and a week after you stop showing symptoms.






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