Dr Mark Brown and Melissa Hulme at Northside Plaza Medical Centre demonstrate good hygiene.
Dr Mark Brown and Melissa Hulme at Northside Plaza Medical Centre demonstrate good hygiene. ALLAN REINIKKA

Nasty gastro bug hits Rocky

A VICIOUS strain of stomach bug is spreading across Rockhampton, hospitalising people for days.

Dr Joan Chamberlain, a GP in North Rockhampton, yesterday said she had more than a handful of patients over the last two weeks who needed to be put on a drip because they were so ill from gastro virus.

Queensland Health yesterday released information that showed 41 people had presented at the emergency department of Rockhampton Hospital with gastro over the past fortnight.

That’s more than four times as many as the same period last year.

Six people had to be admitted to hospital for treatment.

Dr Chamberlain warned people who were sick to stay away from work and large public areas like shopping centres.

She said parents should keep sick children home.

The particular virus circulating through Rockhampton at the moment was taking people more than the typical 48 hours to fight, Dr Chamberlain said.

“It’s quite a nasty one. People have been crook for up to a couple of weeks,” she said.

“It’s taking a toll on workplaces and schools.”

Dr Chamberlain said most people with the bug started with vomiting and diarrhoea but were able to fight the vomiting part of the illness quickly.

She said elderly and young people were worst affected.

TOP TIPS
  • Keep yourself hydrated – the best way to do it is by drinking half-strength sports drinks like Gatorade or black tea with half a teaspoon of sugar.
  • Avoid fats and dairy and eat smaller portions of food more frequently. Foods like rice, noodles, mashed potato and banana are good.
  • Take two days off if you’re sick – your body needs to recover and you’re still infective the day after.
  • Maintain good hygiene (wash your hands and use sanitising gels).


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