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Recent outbreak of illness at Westport North School – Media Release

Tuesday 30 July 2019Health news2 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.

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water or use hand sanitiser – especially after coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Practice good cough and sneeze etiquette: always cough and sneeze into a tissue or into your elbow (completely covering you mouth and nose).
  • See your GP if your symptoms aren’t settling or are becoming more severe and/or you are unable to drink enough fluid.  Young children, frail older people and pregnant women are at more risk of dehydration.

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.



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