Stomach bug adds to misery of season

A brutal winter season appears to finally be tailing off, but one of winter’s nastier holdouts is sticking around Johnson County.

A fast-moving stomach virus is making another round through Johnson County and sending more people to their doctor’s office. Area hospitals are reporting as much as a 25 percent increase in patients at the emergency room, each exhibiting a combination of vomiting, diarrhea and stomach cramps.

Local health officials are recommending that people take extra care to wash their hands and stay hydrated to protect against the virus.

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