It’s winter in Brisbane, Australia, with highs in the 90s F (30s C) a couple of weeks ago, and today where I went to the arena for a lunchtime skate with Amy in shorts and the loudest Hawaiian shirt I own (additional layers were added once in the arena), and where what they call gastro outbreaks have increased dramatically.
Seven elderly people have died from gastro at one Brisbane nursing home – vigorously denied by the operator – and more than 50 daycare centres have alerted Queensland Health of gastro outbreaks.
Emergency rooms throughout Brisbane have been overwhelmed, and not just by dumbass Canadians falling off bikes.
But what is a gastro bug?
How can they not name the bug?
Regis aged care facility in the suburb of Yeronga, just down the road from us, has been in lockdown for 26 days.
A Regis spokesperson on Tuesday night reiterated “there have been no deaths confirmed as being as a result of gastro.”
“As advised previously, Regis has experienced an episode of gastroenteritis at the Yeronga facility. It was first identified on 28 July. We are pleased to say that the episode is nearing completion.”
Darren Cartwright of the Courier-Mail reported yesterday there has been a four-fold increase in gastroenteritis outbreaks in Brisbane’s daycare centres, with almost 200 children alone affected on the southside since June.
In total more than 50 daycare centres have alerted Queensland Health of an outbreak of gastroenteritis.
“The data indicates a significantly high number of outbreaks during this eight week period in 2017, however, it should be noted that half of these outbreaks involved fewer than 10 unwell children,” the spokesman said.
That will make the parents and kids feel better.
“In general, it has been a big year for viral gastroenteritis outbreaks across the region.”
Oh, it’s a virus.
Does the virus have a name?