Flu: What's Going Around for the Week of Dec. 4

POSTED: 09:25 PM PST Dec 04, 2012    UPDATED: 09:27 PM PST Dec 04, 2012 
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The flu has found us.  That's just one thing local doctors are talking about when looking at "What's Going Around" the area where you live.

In Palm Springs, Dr. Michael Jardula is seeing a fair mix of respiratory and intestinal flu bugs.  Although he says "intestinal is leading the way."   He reports it is very easy to become dehydrated, and those with chronic illness are more vulnerable.

Dr. Efren Wu also reports influenza in adults in La Quinta.  The real flu means a high fever of about 104 degrees or more, and muscle pain known as myalgias.  Wu recommends seeing a doctor early here, because antiviral medication can help the most if it's used within the first few days of illness.  A viral respiratory infection and bronchitis is also going around.  Wu suspects this has to do with new strains of illness coming in from valley visitors relocating to the desert for the winter.

A virus is causing several cases of acute and recurrent bronchitis in the pediatric age group in Mecca.  A non-productive cough, fever and wheezing are symptoms.  Dark honey for children seems to be helpful.  Dr. Randolph Gibbs is also seeing gastroenteritis in children that comes with loose stools, fever, abdominal cramping, nausea and some vomiting.  "Prevention is the key," says Gibbs.

Also in the east valley, Dr. Frank Curry reports he's treating lots of viral gastroenteritis with nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and a low-grade fever lasting about three days.  Fluids seem to help, along with Tylenol, and sometimes a prescription for nausea.

Watch "What's Going Around" Tuesday evenings at 5:30 and Wednesday mornings at 6:45 on CBS Local 2 News.