A spike in gastroenteritis cases in Southern New South Wales affecting Queanbeyan and Yass residents is being driven by a particular type of bacteria known as Campylobacter.
The bacteria is found in chicken, untreated water, and unprocessed dairy products, symptoms often include diarrhoea, fever and abdominal pain that can last for one or two weeks.
The Manager of Infectious Diseases for the Southern NSW Local Health District April Witteveen says there are nearly twice as many cases this year compared to the same time last year.
“As the weather warms up we can see more bacteria multiplying in foods,” Witteveen said.
“In some ways it’s not surprising, but it’s a bit more than this time last year. If you have any gastro symptoms that last more than 2 to 3 days it’s a good idea to go and pop in and see your GP.”