Suspected viral outbreak
NORTH Burnett Regional Council has issued a warning over a suspected Norovirus outbreak in the region.
In a statement, council said Noroviruses are a group of viruses that can cause gastroenteritis (inflammation of the stomach and intestines) with diarrhoea, stomach pain and vomiting.
“Common names used for gastroenteritis due to norovirus are ‘gastric flu’ or ‘stomach flu’, ‘winter vomiting’ and ‘viral gastro’,” council said.
“Anyone can become infected with these viruses.
“There are many different strains of norovirus, which makes it difficult for a person’s body to develop long-lasting immunity.
“Therefore, norovirus illness can recur throughout a person’s lifetime.”
Council warns that people working in day-care centres or nursing homes should pay special attention to children or residents who have norovirus illness.
“This virus is very contagious and can spread rapidly throughout such environments,” the council said.