A warning has been issued by NSW Health for the gastroenteritis epidemic that is currently sweeping the state, where more than 3,500 people have been to emergency departments in the past two weeks.
A number of cases involve primary school aged children who have been admitted to emergency departments for vomiting and diarrhoea.
People in nursing homes and child care centres have also been affected with 87 gastro cases confirmed in the last month – close to doubling the 48 outbreaks from August 2011.
The viral gastroenteritis is highly infectious and can be spread through direct contact with an infected person, says NSW Health director of health protection Dr Jeremy McAnulty.
"Symptoms can include nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, fever, abdominal pain, headache, and muscle aches. These symptoms can take between one and three days to develop and usually last between one and two days, sometimes longer," said Dr McAnulty.
"The best way to reduce your chances of getting viral gastroenteritis is to wash your hands thoroughly with soap and running water for at least 10 seconds before handling and eating food, and always wash your hands after using the toilet."
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