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What bug is biting Texoma?

Lawton_A virus is traveling around Texoma and people of all ages have gotten sick. Emergency rooms, walk-in clinics, and doctor's offices have been filled. People are complaining of fevers, coughs, nausea, and more. It's what's giving many around Texoma that icky feeling. "Sometimes it could be the flu sometimes it's just a virus that usually affects the upper respiratory system," said R.N. Barbara Hay of Comanche County Memorial Hospital.

It's spread so easily and someone who has the bug won't even know they're spreading it. "You can get the virus; you can pick up the illness just by standing behind someone who's coughing in front of you. You can catch it that way. You can catch it by shaking someone's hand that's just coughed in it and then you rub your eye or you rub your nose. That all helps to introduce the virus into your body system," said Hay.

Before you know it, you could have the same symptoms. "People can have runny noses, bad coughs, fever, body aches, and occasionally they'll get diarrhea and vomiting." You'll need to decide whether or not you need to go to the doctor or even more, the emergency room. "Most times if people have a regular physician, they should call them, talk to their nurses or the physician and ask them whether they feel that their problem is an emergency," said Hay.

But most of all, you know something's going around. So you can take every precaution to stay healthy. "Cannot stress the importance of washing your hands, also proper rest, proper nutrition, so that you can give your body the best chance to keep the immune system high and be able to fight off these viruses in a short time."

Health officials told 7NEWS that if you have been prescribed an antibiotic, you should start to feel better after 48 hours. If not, you should go back to your doctor.

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