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Mauritius: Gastroenteritis increasing among children under 5 years




Mauritius: Gastroenteritis increasing among children under 5 years
The austral winter in Mauritius drains its wake its daily batch of respiratory infections (colds, sore throat, and flu) and gastroenteritis.

Infectious diseases fell slightly in the latest figures submitted by the Ministry of Health, but still remained at a high level for the winter period.

From 22 to 28 July, the Ministry of Health has identified in the hospitals of the island, not less than 6367 patients affected, while from 15 to 21 July, there were 6,728 victims of respiratory infections in Mauritius.
 
For its part, the gastroenteritis of 22 to 28 July has affected 1043 people, a slight decline compared to 1056 cases reported from 15 to 21 July.

The Ministry of Health of Mauritius nevertheless indicates that the gastroenteritis has increased among children under five, accounting for 30% of all cases in hospitals of the island, as shown in the weekly newspaper Le Défi Plus.
 
As a reminder, thirty patients contracted the influenza A (H1N1) according to health authorities, with an active virus on the island since the beginning of the year.
 
The Ministry of Health was reassuring about it and asked the public not to panic because the influenza virus A (H1N1) is part of the seasonal flu affecting the island.



Fabrice François


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