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Mauritius: Nearly 2,000 people affected by gastroenteritis earlier this year

According to the Ministry of Health, 1,996 cases of gastroenteritis have been reported in hospitals across Mauritius, from 30 December 2013 to 19 January.
633 cases of gastroenteritis have been particularly identified for only last week.
Seniors people and children are the first affected by gastroenteritis which is rife on the island, as reported by the newspaper Le Matinal.
During the austral summer, the Ministry of health therefore advises the public to take precautions to avoid being contaminated by infectious and contagious disease.
Strict hygiene is recommended. Symptoms of gastroenteritis most frequently observed among others, are vomiting, diarrhea, fever, abdominal pain and stomach upset.
The Department also asked the public to boil water 10 minutes before consuming, wash hands with water and soap for 20 seconds before eating, from cooking and after using the toilet.
It is also advisable to wash fruits and vegetables before consumption recalls the Department.

Fabrice François

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