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Seasonal Viruses

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ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB News Channel 5) The holiday season is among the busiest times of the year for hospitals here in Cenla.

"We are seeing a large number of people coming in with a variety of illnesses that are seasonal. This is the time for the flu, anywhere it usually peaks in January. Also the stomach virus or the stomach flu. also known as the norovirus in a lot of cases we are treating a lot of that," said Beverly Lowentritt.

A recent study by the Centers for Disease Control shows the flu virus is wide spread throughout Louisiana.

Cenla residents we spoke with say they have their own ways of staying clear of any seasonal viruses.

"I try to continue to exercise and that usually gets that stress down and helps the immune system. It is really bad to be sick during the holiday season. You want to be around people. You want to celebrate and you know eat all that great food then you don't feel good and you do not want to really ruins the holiday," said Jared Williams.

"You have to be sure you go and wash your hands before touching anything because that is where you get germs from. Knowing that I am 87 years old and I am still able to get around, I thank God for that," said Rozella Mcpherson. 

Health experts say you should be sure to wash your hands with soap and hot water frequently and if you're not feeling well, stay away from others.

"Enjoy your family, but if someone is ill try and keep away from those individuals. If that is not possible, please be sure to wash your hands frequently, wash fruits and vegetables well, wash any clothing or any other things that may be contaminated with the virus so you can enjoy yourself clean well and have a happy new year," said Beverly Lowentritt.

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