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Reefton experiences gastroenteritis outbreak

Friday 26 January 2018Media release1 minute to read

Over the past week a number of Reefton people have experienced diarrhoea and vomiting.  Tests have confirmed viral gastroenteritis and health officials are now cautioning locals about the outbreak.

Please telephone Reefton Health (03) 769 7440 first if you require medical assistance.  People are asked to stay away from Reefton Health facilities, the GP, hospital and Ziman House aged residential care facility, if they are feeling unwell or are experiencing diarrhoea and vomiting.  Under no circumstance should anyone who has experienced diarrhoea or vomiting in the last 48 hours attend any public meetings.

Stay home, keep hydrated, and wash your hands frequently.

If you experience severe symptoms, please ring Reefton Health on (03) 769 7440 to discuss.  If it’s an emergency, ring 111.  For general medical advice, you can contact Healthline on 0800 611 116.

Medical advice is that you should remain symptom-free for 48 hours before returning to work – this is to prevent cross infection between yourself and colleagues.

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