Gastro outbreak no longer a concern for health officials

Dr. Johnson

An outbreak of gastroenteritis in Dominica has subsided, health officials here have confirmed.

The Ministry of Health reported an outbreak of gastroenteritis also known as gastro, in January, confirming more than 100 cases. Children mainly under age 5 were being admitted at the hospital for the illness, which health officials said was caused by the norovirus.

Chief Medical Officer, Dr. David Johnson says there are currently only a few cases of gastro on the island, but “it’s not considered to be an outbreak.”

Johnson however wants Dominicans to continue to take on necessary practices to avert any further outbreak of the illness.

“We want to continue to advise the public at this time to take all necessary prevention at this time to ensure that there is no further outbreak of gastroenteritis,” he said.

The symptoms associated with gastroenteritis include diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal cramps and headache.

There had been no reports of death brought on by the gastro outbreak in Dominica.

– DNO Correspondent

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