Public Health Dept.: Stomach Illness on the Rise in Ottawa Co.

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Medical genericHOLLAND, Mich. (April 2, 2014) — The Ottawa County Department of Public Health says they’ve received increased reports of gastrointestinal illness this week.

In a Tuesday release, the department is cautioning people to practice good hygiene to prevent the further spread of sickness.

“Stomach illnesses can be transmitted either by consumption of fecal contaminated food or water, direct person-to-person spread or environmental contamination. Symptoms include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, cramping and low-grade fever,” the release says.

If you believe you may have a foodborne illness, contact Ottawa County Department of Public health at 616-396-5266 or go to their website. 

They also issued this list of tips for preventing the spread of stomach illnesses:

1. Practice proper hand hygiene. Wash your hands carefully with soap and water, especially after using the toilet and changing diapers and always wash before eating, preparing or handling food.

2. Wash fruits and vegetables and cook seafood thoroughly.

3. When you are sick, do not prepare food or care for others who are sick.

4. Clean any potentially contaminated areas with a chlorine bleach solution, mixing 1⁄4 cup of bleach with one gallon of water.

5. Immediately remove and wash clothes or linens that may be contaminated with vomit or stool (feces). 6.If you have been suffering from vomiting or diarrhea, remain at home until symptoms subside.

6. If you have been suffering from vomiting or diarrhea, remain at home until symptoms subside.

 

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