The Bureau of Public Health is urging the public to take preventive measures against the spread of
infection as a gastroenteritis outbreak has been reported.
As of February 5, 2023, the health officials recorded 84 cases of gastroenteritis (62 in week 4). Cases ranged in age from 0 – 81 years old, with the majority less than 11 years old. The majority of samples tested positive for Norovirus (83%).
Gastroenteritis is an inflammation of the lining of the stomach and intestines typically caused by a viral,
bacterial or parasitic infection. Transmission occurs through contact with someone is sick, contaminated
food or water, and unwashed hands after using the bathroom, changing a diaper or preparing food.
Common symptoms include watery diarrhea, vomiting, stomach pain, cramping, fever and nausea.
Dehydration may also occur as a result from diarrhea and vomiting. Supportive treatment of
gastroenteritis includes rest and rehydration.
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