BOSTON (CBS) – It’s been a rough cold and flu season so far and now hospitals are being flooded with patients suffering a severe stomach bug.
In the MetroWest area, hundreds have visited emergency rooms over the past few weeks.READ MORE: 2 Hanover Street Banks Robbed Within 10-Minute Timeframe
Doctors say the norovirus, a highly contagious stomach flu is to blame.
Health officials say once it starts, it’s very difficult to contain.READ MORE: Fourth Stimulus Check: Will You See Another Relief Payment Soon?
WBZ-TV’s Ken MacLeod reports
To avoid transmission at Marlborough Hospital, employees frequently scrub down door handles and other surfaces.MORE NEWS: Salem Requires Negative COVID Tests At Large Indoor Events During Halloween Season
Doctors say the best defense is to wash your hands on a regular basis. Hand sanitizer does not typically defend against the norovirus.