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Stomach bug rising culprit in Midlands misery index (

Article Date: Feb 4, 2013

Gastroenteritis teams up with influenza to deliver a one-two punch in Nebraska and Iowa.

This may come as no surprise to those who already have suffered, but a number of area clinics are reporting a recent rise in stomach bugs causing nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.

The technical name is gastroenteritis. And the most common culprits are noroviruses, which cause more than half of reported gastroenteritis outbreaks.

"We have seen a spike in what I would say is gastroenteritis," said Dr. Michael Greene of the Alegent Creighton Clinic in Omaha’s Old Market.

While it’s the season for such illnesses, he said, cases have been "a little more so than normal for this time of year." Alegent Creighton, in fact, has noted an uptick throughout its system.

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