Gold Coasters are again being reminded to continue washing their hands, following a major gastro outbreak across the city.
Gold Coast Health issued the health alert over the weekend after nine local childcare centres and a school reported outbreaks of the vomiting and diarrhoea bug.
However, the outbreak is believed to have spread even further since, with more than a dozen childcare centres, schools and aged care homes now affected.
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The Gold Coast Public Health Unit said it is working closely with the facilities to reduce further spread of the highly infectious illness, however it’s not known exactly which centres have been affected.
It’s prompted authorities to issue another reminder to parents about the importance of not sending children back to school or childcare too soon after they’ve been unwell.
“Children can still be infectious for up to 48 hours after their symptoms have settled, so it’s really important parents don’t send kids back to school or childcare for at least that period,” GCPHU Physician Dr Vicki Slinko said.
Dr Slinko warned that complacency about hand washing can also breed and rapidly spread gastro from person to person.
“Gold Coasters were excellent with their hand hygiene when we had some COVID-19 cases in the community through winter, but we can’t afford to relax now,” Dr Slinko said.
Gold Coast Health said that to prevent passing on germs at home or when out and about, wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, and dry your hands properly.