Harford Health Department 'Looking Into' Stomach Sickness

People described symptoms like vomiting, diarrhea and feeling 'violently ill.'

The health department in Harford County reported receiving word of gastrointestinal issues. (Credit: Dixon Patch)
The health department in Harford County reported receiving word of gastrointestinal issues. (Credit: Dixon Patch)
Has your stomach been bothering you the past few days?

You're not alone, according to the Harford County Health Department.

The department "is aware of the reports of individuals experiencing symptoms of GI distress," William Wiseman, spokesman for the Harford County Health Department, said Thursday.

Readers contacted Bel Air Patch this week after some said they became "violently ill," with symptoms including vomiting and diarrhea that "hit hard and fast," coming down with a sickness that had one family "throwing up for more than 15 hours."

In more than 100 comments responding to Bel Air Patch's question asking whether anyone had become ill after eating out over the weekend, readers said that a bug was going around.

"Half of Fallston is sick with the stomach flu," one wrote on the Facebook thread.

Another, who identified herself as a worker in Harford County Public Schools, said a lot of children were sick with a bug that was going around.

The health department confirmed that it received reports of gastrointestinal distress, and officials are "looking into it," Wiseman said Thursday.

"We encourage members of the public to contact the [Harford County Health Department] to provide a food history to us and for appropriate follow-up, as needed," Wiseman added.

He noted that if there are critical violations at any food facility in Harford County, those would be listed on the health department's website.

To prevent the spread of germs associated with gastrointestinal illness, the Centers for Disease Control recommends washing hands with soap and water before preparing or eating food, washing fruits and vegetables, cleaning any sickness-infested areas with bleach and washing all clothing and linens that an infected person touched.
angie Clancy March 13, 2014 at 10:17 PM
My family caught this stomach bug and it was bad. We caught it when we had the first snow storm around March 2nd I think and I was horrible and we had diarrhea and vomiting. And then caught it again and was bad the second time around. You feel like your dying with the stomach pains and vomting and the going to the bathroom none stop. We scrubbed our house down with beach and Lysol and it still is attacking my family. Im hoping thu s time we are fine with it. My oldest son caught it 3 times and the rest of us only twice so far. Not sure what it is but it makes you very sick and very weak.
Shelly Guest March 14, 2014 at 08:09 AM
My family just caught this stomach bug this week. I must say that it is horrible. I have never had a stomach virus like this. I have never caught the stomach bug from my youngest son whenever he has been sick but this bug has ran through our family like wild fire. We have all had horrible vomiting, diarrhea and horrible stomach pains. I plan to notify the health department with this one.
Sami Bee March 14, 2014 at 10:19 AM
I'm guessing it's not a local food thing. If Harco looks outside their bubble, they will quickly find that this is going on everywhere. It's rampant in Noth Carolina right now. My family had it this week. We surely did not eat in Harford. Feel better Harco.
Christine Johnson Williams March 17, 2014 at 10:38 AM
my husband got it last sunday then I got it on Tuesday when he got it I cleaned with bleach, Lysol wipes, sprayed Lysol used hand sanitizer & Listerine & I still got it its comes on so fast I have had many bugs but this was the worst vomiting ive ever had I just don't feel great I hoping my son don't get it or any kids & hope it soon stops I know I had family n va have it so I know it a bad bug where it come from I don't know but hope we never see it again


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