Tuesday 30 July 2019Media release2 minutes to read
Please attribute to Dr Ramon Pink, Medical Officer of Health
The Community and Public Health division of West Coast District Health Board is working with the Westport North School to determine the cause of the recent outbreak of illness.
Samples have been taken and until the tests results have been returned we are unable to comment on the cause of the illness.
Influenza-like illness is circulating in the community on the West Coast. In some areas it is having a significant impact, causing unwellness in schools and workplaces. We encourage those who are unwell to stay at home from school or work until their health has improved.
If you have been unwell with gastroenteritis, it is recommended that you remain away from work or school for at least 48 hours after symptoms have stopped.
If you or someone you know becomes unwell with an influenza-like illness there are some things you can do to help them recover and stop the spread.
If you need medical advice, call your general practice team 24/7 first rather than visiting in person. After hours, follow the instructions to be put through to a nurse for free health advice. If it is an emergency, dial 111.
We do not comment on individual patient care.
Page last updated: 30 July 2019
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