Four deaths due to on-going outbreak of gastroenteritis on Reunion Island

Since the last week of September, more than 7,500 people have sought medical care for acute gastroenteritis (vomiting and diarrhoea). There have been 4 deaths, three of whom were in children under 2 years of age. Although no specific cause, bacterial or viral, has been identified so far, it is likely that the origin is viral, perhaps a norovirus or rotavirus. Travellers to Reunion should practice strict personal hygiene, including frequent hand washing, and follow water and food precautions.

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