Sus­pected vi­ral out­break

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

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.

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