Gastro warning for NSW childcare centres amid spike in cases

More than 600 children and staff have been impacted by gastro outbreaks in October, with NSW Health authorities urging parents to keep sick kids at home

24/11/2020 2:51:00 PM

More than 600 children and staff have been impacted by gastro outbreaks in October, with NSW Health authorities urging parents to keep sick kids at home

More than 600 children and staff have been impacted by gastro outbreaks in October, with NSW Health authorities urging parents to keep sick kids at home.

Normal text sizeLarger text sizeVery large text sizeMore than 600 children and staff have been impacted by gastro outbreaks in October as NSW Health authorities are urging parents to keep kids at home amid a rise in cases in childcare centres.NSW Health’s executive director of health protection, Dr Richard Broome, said gastroenteritis is highly infectious and may spread rapidly in childcare centres.

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Nearly 60 NSW childcare centres reported outbreaks of gastroenteritis in October."Nearly 60 childcare centres reported outbreaks of gastroenteritis in October, which is significantly higher than usual," Dr Broome said. "More than 480 children and 120 staff have been affected."

"Levels have remained high throughout November."Advertisement"The best defence is to wash your hands thoroughly with soap and running water for at least 10 seconds before handling and eating food, and always wash your hands after using the toilet, changing nappies or assisting someone who has diarrhoea or vomiting." headtopics.com

In afrom October 31, NSW Health said gastroenteritis cases had decreased this year following increased hand hygiene and physical distancing measures in light of the pandemic.But the report noted gastro outbreaks had increased above the five-year mean.

Gastroenteritis outbreak in institution notifications by month and facility from 2015 to 2020.Credit:NSW HealthDr Broome said infants and children in childcare or school who develop vomiting or diarrhoea should stay at home for at least 48 hours after their symptoms have stopped.

The advice extended to staff and anyone whose work involves handling food or looking after children, the elderly or patients.LoadingSymptoms of viral gastroenteritis include nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, fever, abdominal pain, headache and muscle aches. They can take up to three days to develop and usually last between one or two days, sometimes longer.

While most people recover without complications, gastroenteritis can be serious for infants, people with suppressed immune systems and the elderly.Anyone recovering from gastroenteritis should avoid visiting hospitals and aged care facilities to prevent spreading the infection. headtopics.com

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Meanwhile, those living in a household affected by gastroenteritis should refrain from visiting these high-risk areas until at least 48 hours after the last person in the household has recovered.Sign up to our Coronavirus Update newsletterGet our Coronavirus Update newsletter for the day's crucial developments and the numbers you need to know. Sign up to

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Not though lack of hygiene This outbreak is probably due another known virus, however it is important to note that covid19 can also look like a stomach bug. Please be extra cautious, wash hands well, isolate, test, and stay home until no more symptoms for 2 days. 600 OMG why isn’t the state in lockdown, this is deadly I’m sure Anna will close the boarder again to keep Qld safe