There’s an increasing number of gastro cases being reported. While health professionals are concerned, there’s plenty you can do to protect yourself.

Libby Hopper reports.


Gastro is spreading.

Already, two wards of Redcliffe Hospital have been quarantined to treat affected patients.

And 19 childcare centres and 10 aged-care homes have reported outbreaks in the past four weeks.

Jack Turnbull, Registered Nurse: “Young children and elderly are most susceptible. Causing dehydration. It’s highly contagious, so in childcare settings it can spread very quickly, same as in an aged care facility.”

There are four broad types of Gastro: virus, bacterial, parasites and food poisoning.

The illness usually peaks each year, during Winter and Spring.

Jack Turnbull, Registered Nurse: “Symptoms can have a very sudden onset. So normally 12 to 24 hours you can start to feel symptoms. If you do have have symptoms of vomiting and diarrhoea make sure your wait 48 hours after.”

It can be managed, but the advice is take precautions.

Gastro is very contagious and is spread through poor hygiene.

So something as simple as washing your hands with soap and water can keep yourself and those around you fighting fit.

Health professionals say if you get gastro stay hydrated, eat bland foods and get plenty of rest.

Libby Hopper, QUT News.