The 'Ferrari of Viruses'
POSTED: Tuesday, January 7, 2014 - 7:21pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, January 8, 2014 - 10:25am
Tyler TX (KETK) — We are in the peak of flu season and doctors are warning to look out for another virus out there. It's called the Ferrari virus. It's a strain of the stomach bug that is spreading across the world. Medical experts call it the "Ferrari virus" because it sweeps through the environment and your body very quickly.
"It's a type of Norwalk virus, and Norwalk virus is a common gestural intestinal virus that causes people to have stomach rash like upset stomach nausea vomiting diarrhea," said Pulmonologist Ketan Patel.
It's a strain of the norovirus that is highly contagious.
"Normally it takes about 12 to 24 hours for you to become aware of that viruses in your body this one the onset can be as little as 2 hours after your exposed," said NetHealth Chief Sanitarian Deputy Director Brenda Elrod.
Dr. Patel said there's been large outbreaks of this viruses on cruise ships, nursing homes and schools and it spikes during the winter. The virus has been linked to food handlers not washing their hands. But, unlike other food borne illness, this gut wrenching sickness can spread through the air.
Medical experts believe the virus came from Sydney, Australia.
There is no medicine or cure for this virus, so doctors suggest staying in, rest and keep hydrated.