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Rotavirus cases at five-year high in New South Wales, babies most at risk

October 4, 2017
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New South Wales is experiencing the worst outbreak of rotavirus in five years, and parents have been warned the highly contagious gastro-type illness could harm babies.
“We’re a little over 1,200 for the year and we haven’t seen this many notifications since 2012,” said Dr Vicky Sheppeard, NSW Health’s director of communicable diseases.
She said the highest rate of infection was in children aged two to four, and that metropolitan Sydney was the worst-affected area.
Admissions to the Sydney Children’s Hospital in Randwick were up, too, with babies and toddlers presenting with fever, vomiting and diarrhoea.

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Published by: The ABC News, 2/10/17