Reports of '11-Day Virus' in East Texas
POSTED: Wednesday, December 8, 2010 - 5:34pm
UPDATED: Sunday, December 12, 2010 - 2:28am
TYLER - If you've got flu-like symptoms but you've already had your flu-shot, it may be something else called the "11-Day Virus."
Jennifer Davis with Good's Medicine Chest in Tyler was out for 5 days with flu-like symptoms.
"Really crummy...just wanted to lay in bed, it was not a pleasant experience at all," Davis said.
Reports say this new virus strain is a clinger...hanging on for almost two weeks.
Some East Texans coming into the pharmacy report symptoms like coughing, vomiting, sore throats, and fatigue, not knowing what's wrong.
"The fatigue is what really lasts quite a while, it just really drains people's system, and they just don't feel themselves for a good week to 2 weeks, and what we're seeing is the cough itself is staying and lingering even longer than that, sometimes 2 to 3 to 4 weeks," said David Davis with Good's.
One local doctor says there aren't any official reports of a so-called 11-day virus, but he's not ruling it out.
"Actually, not surprised. I mean, this is the time period when viral respiratory diseases begin and it just varies what's most important from year to year, but we're into the season," said Dr. Richard Wallace with UT Health Science Center.
So you might be wondering...what can be done?
"We preach washing your hands because many of the respiratory viruses are spread hand to hand or you handle some child's face, get it on your hand and then you put it on your face and you get it..." Wallace said.
Feel free to leave a comment if you or someone you know has experienced this strain.
Click here to link to CDC's website for more information on Seasonal Influenza and other viruses.