Valley Wide Virus

Ben Schenk

Valley Wide Virus

CREATED Mar. 11, 2012

COACHELLA VALLEY - There is currently a Coachella Valley wide virus which is resulting in
symptoms of nausea and vomiting, fever, and subsequent diarrhea. It is self-limited and lasts between 24 and 48 hrs. It is transmitted by air and direct contact and not passed via food.

Emergency Departments across the valley have seen an increase in patients with these symptoms. At Eisenhower Medical Center, which provides medical support for the BNP Paribas Open, we have seen increases in overall visits to the Emergency Department by about 15% over the past week, mostly adults and children with these symptoms. We have seen fans and players at the tournament experience these symptoms as well.

Precautions include, hand washing and use of antibacterial cleansers. If you should experience these symptoms you should attempt to drink as much fluid as possible including water and electrolyte/ sport drinks. Avoid the sun, rest and wait until the symptoms pass before coming in contact with others.