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Health experts remind people to watch out for the rotavirus

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LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) - Mayo Clinic Health System is reminding everyone to watch out for rotavirus this holiday.

The illness, which is especially common in children, is an infection in the stomach and intestines.  Symptoms include diarrhea, vomiting, dehydration and a high temperature.  Health experts say rotavirus is very contagious and can spread easily during the holiday.

"Remember to wash your hands and your cooking surfaces often and then don't leave perishable food items out for longer than two hours. Hot food items can be kept hot by using chafing dishes or slow cookers or warming trays and the cold foods can be kept cold by nesting dishes in ice or just by switching out the trays more frequently," says Romi Pattison, a registered dietitian for Mayo Clinic Health System.

To prevent the spread of rotavirus, health experts say wash your hands thoroughly and if you suspect you are sick, stay home.

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