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World Gastro outbreak spreads to schools, childcare and aged care centres

08:41  28 october  2020
08:41  28 october  2020 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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A gastro outbreak has seen 16 childcare centres, schools and aged care centres struck down with infection, and five more facilities are at risk.

Queensland health authorities are investigating the dire situation on the Gold Coast after being notified about the growing cases 'a couple of weeks ago'.

Doctor Andre Wattiaux, from Gold Coast Public Health, said the infection is spreading at a rapid rate and urged people to wash their hands regularly.

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He also advised parents to keep their children at home if they are displaying common symptoms such as diarrhoea, vomiting and nausea.

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'A couple of weeks ago we were notified by a number of childcare centres that they had gastro outbreaks in their facilities,' Dr Wattiaux told the ABC.

'On the weekend we only had nine, which is already quite a bit for this time of the year.'

Gastroenteritis typically causes inflammation and irritation of the stomach and intestines.

Gold Coast Public Health has not yet named the schools and centres.

No one has been hospitalised since the outbreak began but typically individuals displaying gastro-type symptoms recover within 48 hours.

'We've seen it in a couple of schools now, primary schools and a high school, and also in a couple of residential aged care facilities,' Dr Wattiaux said.

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'We do see gastro, especially at the beginning of summer … but the numbers all together in a fortnight - that's quite a bit.'

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