WBEZ | chicago flu http://www.wbez.org/tags/chicago-flu Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en This flu season, let's clarify some misunderstandings http://www.wbez.org/news/flu-season-lets-clarify-some-misunderstandings-105166 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/5277124801_e2a092119a_o.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F76837083" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>First: There&#39;s no such thing as the stomach flu.</p><p>&ldquo;&lsquo;Flu&rsquo; was simply short for &lsquo;influenza&rsquo; and so the noro virus of course has nothing to do with influenza,&quot; said Dr. David Zich, an emergency room doc at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.</p><p>&quot;It is a misnomer.&rdquo;</p><p>So, now that we&#39;ve gotten that out of the way, what&rsquo;s the difference between the flu and the norovirus?</p><p>Flu is respiratory. Norovirus is gastrointestinal.</p><p>Fever, nausea, coughing, and muscle aches: Flu.</p><p>Vomiting and diarrhea: Norovirus.</p><p>Zich said he saw cases of the flu peak a couple weeks ago.</p><p>&ldquo;But in the last week, influenza has dropped off significantly, and for every one case of influenza I&#39;m seeing about five cases of norovirus,&rdquo; he said.</p><p>Zich said that since these two sicknesses are both viruses, there isn&#39;t a simple antibiotic regimen that can make you feel better-- in general, you just have to tough it out.</p><p>But, Zich said, if you&#39;re got the norovirus and you vomit for more than 24 hours, or you&#39;ve got the flu and a fever over 104, you should visit a doctor.</p><p>And at least now you know not to misdiagnose yourself.</p></p> Mon, 28 Jan 2013 10:26:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/flu-season-lets-clarify-some-misunderstandings-105166 Illinois hospitals fight flu with visitor limits http://www.wbez.org/news/illinois-hospitals-fight-flu-visitor-limits-104879 <p><p>Illinois hospitals are being asked to enforce restrictions on visitors because of the severe flu outbreak that&#39;s increasing the risk of infection throughout the state.</p><p>The Illinois Department of Public Health advised hospitals Friday to temporarily bar visitors younger than 18 and to limit visitors to two per patient at one time.</p><p>Other recommendations include requesting people with coughs and other symptoms not visit hospital patients.</p><p>Many hospitals already were limiting visitors because of the flu before the letter from the health department.</p><p>The Metropolitan Chicago Healthcare Council polled its member hospitals earlier this week and found that 20 percent were already altering their visitor policies.</p><p>Rob Humrickhouse of the MCHC says if people feel sick they shouldn&#39;t visit somebody in the hospital. He says: &quot;Stay home.&quot;</p></p> Sat, 12 Jan 2013 10:09:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/illinois-hospitals-fight-flu-visitor-limits-104879