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: Mask Mandate Changes Anticipated In Massachusetts; Restaurants Wait For State Guidance
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: Flames Rip Through Roof Of Plympton Home
WBZ-TV’s Ken MacLeod reports
To avoid transmission at Marlborough Hospital, employees frequently scrub down door handles and other surfaces.MORE NEWS: Exit Renumbering Project Moves To Interstate 495
Doctors say the best defense is to wash your hands on a regular basis. Hand sanitizer does not typically defend against the norovirus.