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Doctor's offices full, "crud" hits Albany

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November 29, 2007

Albany-  Doctors tell us their offices are full of people sick with viruses, strep throat, and flu-like symptoms.

A lot of people just call it "the crud." The virus seems to be sweeping Albany causing sore throats, runny noses, coughing, and headaches. Doctors like Derek Heard say the best way to avoid it is hand washing.

"What I usually recommend to my patients is make sure they do strict hand washing, during the winter time, if you can keep some of the hand sanitizer around that would be great. Make sure that you cover your mouth when you cough or cover your mouth when you sneeze so that you limit the amount of the virus that you're spreading," said Dr. Derek Heard, Albany Family Practice.

Dr. Heard says most cases only last about five days, but if symptoms persist you should make an appointment to see your doctor.