A Mount Isa primary school as been infected by gastroenteritis with about 10 children contracting the bowel infection.
Happy Valley State School has notified student’s parents on Monday February 18 and the Townsville Public Health Unit is currently investigating the outbreak.
Public Health Physician Doctor Julie Mudd said the outbreak remained in the very early stages.
“We are unsure what the organism is and we are still investigating the outbreak; however, usually these sorts of illnesses resolve themselves between 24 and 48 hours.
“I’ve provided advice to parents recommending any child with vomiting or loose bowel motions should not attend school until they have no further vomiting or diarrhoea for 48 hours.
“Children’s hands should be washed thoroughly after going to the toilet and before preparing and eating meals.
“Also any child who has had vomiting or diarrhoea should not enter a swimming pool for 48 hours after symptoms have resolved.
Dr Mudd also said parents should ensure their children remain hydrated and if they have pre-existing medical conditions or appear to be getting worse they should visit a doctor.
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