An increase in contagious gastroenteritis in day care centers across NSW has led authorities to urge parents to leave sick children at home.
Nearly 60 daycare centers reported gastro outbreaks in October, a number that is significantly higher than usual, according to NSW Health.
The number of outbreaks remained high in November, leaving more than 480 children and 120 employees sick.
Richard Broome of NSW Health said the highly infectious bug, which can cause vomiting, diarrhea, fever, abdominal pain, headache, and muscle aches, spreads rapidly in daycare.
Everyone who is sick, but children in particular, should stay home for at least 48 hours after symptoms wear off, he said.
« The best defense is to wash your hands thoroughly with soap and running water for at least 10 seconds before handling and eating food, and always to wash your hands after using the toilet, changing, or diapering helped someone who is having diarrhea or being sick. «
Anyone recovering from or sharing a home with gastroenteritis should avoid visiting hospitals and elderly care facilities to avoid spreading to the most vulnerable.
Gastroenteritis, New South Wales
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