Stomach flu: Expert says gastro infections to surge by 40% this summer; know what precautions to take

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New Delhi: Nearly 35 to 40 per cent of people in Mumbai are seeking treatment for gastroenteritis in outpatient departments (OPDs) over the past two weeks, according to media reports. Additionally, there has been a rise in urinary tract infections (UTs), particularly in children.

As per the reports, the health departments blame the contaminated water and the excessive loss of water due to the gradual temperature rise. As per health officials, the sudden rise or change in temperature has been associated with the increase in cases of OPDs in civic hospitals.

Dr Nandish H K Consultant – Medical Gastroenterology, Narayana Health City, Bangalore shared with News9, “A significant surge of gastro cases in this summer is expected at least by 30 per cent to 40 per cent. The combination of hot and humid weather, contaminated water sources, and increased consumption of street food creates an ideal environment for gastrointestinal infections. Those most prone include children, the elderly, and individuals with compromised immune systems.”

What is Gastroenteritis?

Gastroenteritis is a viral stomach flu also known as intestinal infection. According to the Mayo Clinic, the symptoms of Gastroenteritis are often similar to those of diarrhoea, stomach cramps, nausea, vomiting, and fever.

One can develop this viral gastroenteritis through contact with an infected person by consuming contaminated food or water, for children and older adults or vulnerable groups of people can be deadly infected.

Hygiene precautions to take during summers

To safeguard against these ailments, it’s important to prioritise hygiene by washing hands frequently, consuming only clean and properly cooked food, and staying hydrated with bottled or boiled water. “Additionally, practising food safety measures, such as avoiding eating raw or undercooked dishes and choosing freshly prepared meals, can greatly reduce the risk of gastro-related illnesses. Vigilance and adherence to these precautions are essential for maintaining gastrointestinal health during such times,” said Dr K.

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