In­creased rate of gas­tro cases

Sunshine Coast Daily - Caloundra Weekly - - NEWS -

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.”

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