France to experience stomach flu epidemic
by FFE EU News Staff
As more and more residents in France are getting sick from gastroenteritis, officials predict an epidemic level of sickness by next week.
Around 176,000 people across the country were reported by TF1 TV to have suffered from acute diarrhea, one of the symptoms of gastroenteritis or stomach flu. Gastroenteritis is an inflammation of the stomach and intestines that is caused by a viral or bacterial infection that also normally results in vomiting.
The regions of Brittany, Limousine, and Alsace were reported to be the hardest hit with at least 400 cases per 100,000 residents.
Last week, there were around 274 new cases per 100,000 residents and it is just below the epidemic level of 280 new cases per 100,000 people.
Health authorities have already warned the public at the end of 2013 of the incoming flu season.
To avoid getting sick, officials advise residents to keep the hands that are factories of germs away from the mouth and nose and to wash hands regularly with soap.
If you do get sick, make sure you remain hydrated and keep away from eating foods that are high in fibre.