Increased rate of gastro cases
GASTRO and food poisoning have plagued Sunshine Coast residents this year with hundreds struck down by the dreaded illness.
Almost 300 patients with gastro have presented to Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service facilities since January, already 50 above the yearly average.
Of those, salmonella has been the cause of 161 people checking in, on track to surpass the five-year average of 206 after only a few months.
Despite the rise, Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service public health physician Dr Andrew Langley said it was not unusual.
“Gastrointestinal illness can be caused by a range of bacteria, viruses, parasites and also other substances,” Dr Langley said.
“Some of the micro-organisms, including salmonella and gastro, are most commonly transmitted by food, particularly food that has been improperly stored, handled or cooked.
“Some are transmitted through consumption of contaminated water.”