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Health alert – Increase in gastroenteritis outbreaks in childcare 21 February 2023

Status: Active

Date issued: 21 February 2023

Issued by: Associate Professor Deborah Friedman, Deputy Chief Health Officer (Communicable Disease)

Issued to: Childcare providers, parents with children in early childhood education, the Victorian community.

Key messages

  • Parents and carers are urged to keep young children at home if they are sick amid a rise in outbreaks of viral gastroenteritis in Victorian childcare centres.
  • Symptoms can take up to three days to develop and usually last one to two days, sometimes longer, and often include vomiting and diarrhoea.
  • Anyone experiencing vomiting or diarrhoea should not attend work, childcare, kindergarten, camps or any other group activities until at least 48 hours after their symptoms have disappeared.
  • Washing hands with soap and water is one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of infection.
  • Be vigilant for symptoms of gastroenteritis in children and reinforce basic hygiene measures.
  • Read the full advisory: Increase in gastroenteritis outbreaks in childcare

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