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PAHO help with gastro probe

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THE MINISTRY OF HEALTH is seeking help from the Pan-American Health Organisation (PAHO) with the investigation of a gastroenteritis outbreak on the South Coast.

Acting Chief Medical Officer Dr Kenneth George revealed this yesterday while stating there was no increase in the 35 reported cases.

“We have reached out to PAHO and PAHO has agreed to assist. They have indicated initially that the way we went about the investigation has been quite satisfactory,” George told the DAILY NATION.

“However, there is always the need to add more technical value to our international people and agencies and I think this is the route we are going,” he added.

Gastroenteritis, or stomach flu, is an inflammation of the lining of the intestines which is caused by a virus, bacteria or parasites.

George said investigations suggested the nature of the outbreak was viral, and that type of gastroenteritis was usually spread through contaminated food or water.  (AD)

 

Please read the full story in today’s Daily Nation, or in the eNATION edition.

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