Stomach Bug Bugging Hikers Near TN Border

Published Apr 22, 2013

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Happy, healthy hiker on the Appalachian Trail in Hot Springs, NC. ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

Appalachian Trail hikers in the vicinity the Pisgah National Forest, to the north and south of Hot Springs, NC -- especially the stretch running north to the Tennessee border -- are warned once again about a highly contagious stomach bug that is making life miserable for hikers.

These shelters have been especially slammed:

  • No Business Knob
  • Big Bald and
  • Hogback Ridge.

Hikers are warned to:

  • Treat all water, observing Leave No Trace principles.
  • Wash hands frequently with water and soap -- hot water, when possible.
  • Be aware that privies and shelters have been used by infected hikers.

Bug Details

  • The bug has a 12-48 hour incubation period.
  • It lasts from 24-60 hours.
  • It won't kill you, even though you might prefer that for a moment.
  • Symptoms include: severe vomiting, diarrhea and dehydration.
  • Sickies will be contagious for 3 days to 2 dang weeks after THEY recover.

Hand sanitizer alone is less effective than frequent, thorough hand washing with water and soap.

Remember, whatever doesn't kill you will make you stronger.


Tags: Tourism, Appalachian Trail, Hiking, and News

About the Author Robert Sutherland:
Robert Sutherland is a travel writer enjoying life. Robert has two adult daughters and six grandchildren.
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