Urgent warning to parents after 100 childcare centers are forced to close due to a serious outbreak of gastro-flu – because sick children are being asked to stay at home
- NSW Health encouraged parents to keep their children at home when they are sick
- 609 children sought medical help in just one week in New South Wales
- 820 children and 165 staff members become ill in centers around the state due to viral gastro
- Anyone recovering from gastro is warned not to visit hospitals
Parents have received an urgent warning from the NSW government after nearly 100 childcare centers reported outbreaks of gastro in August alone.
Due to an increase in viral gastro cases, 820 children and 165 staff members fell ill in centers around the state.
On Tuesday, NSW Health urged parents and caregivers to keep their children at home when they are sick.
Due to an increase in viral gastro cases, 820 children and 165 staff members fell ill in centers around NSW in August
& # 39; The number of children seeking treatment for the highly contagious infection in ED & # 39; s has also risen above the usual level, with 609 children seeking medical help in a (week) week, & # 39; said Keira Glasgow of NSW Health in a statement.
& # 39; Infants or children in daycare or school who develop vomiting or diarrhea should stay at least 48 hours after their symptoms have stopped. & # 39;
Gastro is often spread through direct contact with infected people and spreads easily if people have not washed their hands carefully after using the toilet or before handling food, Mrs. Glasgow said.
& # 39; The best defense is to wash your hands thoroughly with soap and running water for at least 10 seconds before handling and eating food.
& # 39; Always wash your hands after using the toilet, changing diapers or helping someone who has diarrhea or vomiting & # 39 ;.
Anyone who is recovering from gastroenteritis has been warned not to visit hospitals and healthcare facilities to stop the spread of the infection to the most vulnerable.
Signs and symptoms of gastro
– Feeling unwell and not wanting to eat or drink
– Vomiting in the first 24 to 48 hours (usually before diarrhea starts)
– Have diarrhea, which can last up to 10 days
– If you have stomach pain or fever
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