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Gastroenteritis outbreaks sends 2000 to NSW hospitals in past week

August 7, 2017
Public Health and Wellbeing

A slew of gastroenteritis outbreaks across NSW including child care centres and aged care facilities have landed almost 2000 people in emergency departments in the past week, health authorities say.
NSW Health is urging members of the public to wash their hands and stay at home if they have gastro symptoms, after a spike in infections brought 1900 people to the state’s EDs.

The rise in cases amounts to a 34 per cent jump compared to the same week last year.
The gastro increase seen at hospitals coincides with a rise in viral gastro caused by norovirus and rotavirus in the community, child care centres and aged care facilities, NSW Health said.

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Published by: The Sydney Morning Herald, 3/8/2017