Gastro Outbreak In Guyana

(Caribbean360) Guyanese medical experts are visiting three communities in one of the country’s 10 regions to get to the bottom of a gastroenteritis outbreak.

Since December last year, Health authorities confirmed that they were 58 reported cases of the infection in the three villages. Children were the main victims.

According to Demerara Waves online publication, Acting Regional Health Officer Dr Roland Cho Yoe, an infectious disease nurse, an environmental assistant and two pharmacy assistants have been meeting with residents to determine the source of the contamination.

The team made house-to-house visits and reportedly discovered that most residents were not sterilising their drinking water.

“We looked at the animals, drinking water and mining,” Health Minister Volda Lawrence told the Government Information Agency.

She added that the ministry was awaiting the results of samples taken from the residents for testing.

Lawrence, however, suggested the situation was under control, disclosing that the villages had received a supply of medication.

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