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Vomiting & Diarrhea

The infectious vomiting and diarrhea bug sweeping the UK - some information you may not already know

 

Parents are being warned to be vigilant as Shigellosis vomiting bug outbreak hits schools.

The shigellosis virus is a highly contagious vomiting bug - which can also cause an unpleasant case of diarrhoea.

 

The bug has some unpleasant effects, which are mainly;

  • Chronic diarrhoea (dysentery)
  • High temperature (fever) - 38C and over, or 37.5C and above in children under five.
  • Nausea and sickness
  • Painful stomach cramps

 

The symptoms usually last around five to seven days.

The diarrhoea can also cause dehydration too.

Fortunately, although the symptoms are nasty, Shigella is rarely serious. There is no magic cure, so those unlucky enough to pick up the bug will have to let it run its course. But there are things that you can do to ease the effects.

 

Treatment is usually plenty of fluids to ensure that dehydration doesn’t occur. It is also recommended to use oral re-hydration solutions if necessary.

Anyone with the infection should stay at home until at least 48 hours after the last episode of diarrhoea to minimize the risk to spreading the bacteria.

 

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