Increase in number of diarrhoea cases in Wiltshire

Doctor - Diarrhoea Vomiting cases story April 2019

Published by Mike Draper at 9:23am 21st April 2019. (Updated at 9:25am 21st April 2019)

Data from Public Health England shows that GPs in Wiltshire reported seeing 32 patients with diarrhoea between April 8 and 14.

Levels of diarrhoea in Wiltshire were 1% higher than expected last week.

Despite that, the illness remained at levels similar to the average across England.

It was an increase from 26 patients in the previous week, and meant that 17.7 patients in every 100,000 registered with GPs were seen with the illness over the seven-day period.

Not all cases were recorded in the Public Health England (PHE) figures, as only some GPs report how many consultations are for certain illnesses. The rates per population that PHE calculates takes this into account.

The increase was reflected across the whole of the South West, where 12% more people were seen with diarrhoea last week.

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  • People with diarrhoea are advised to stay off work until the symptoms have stopped for at least two days.
  • The NHS says it normally passes in five to seven days.

Doctors also saw 54 patients with gastroenteritis last week, at a rate of 29.9 patients per 100,000.

It was five fewer than during the previous week, and meant that levels were 48% lower than expected.

Gastroenteritis is a common condition, usually caused by a stomach bug. People with the illness are advised against going to see their GP, to help prevent the disease spreading.

Also last week, six patients had vomiting symptoms, 51% below expected levels.

VOMITING BUG - FURTHER ILLNESS IN HAMPSHIRE:

Levels of vomiting, diarrhoea and gastroenteritis all increased in Hampshire last week, GP records show.

It put all three illnesses at levels higher than the averages across England, as was flu.

  • GPs in Hampshire reported seeing 269 patients with diarrhoea between April 8 and 14.
  • It was an increase from 237 patients in the previous week
  • That meant that 38.4 patients in every 100,000 registered with GPs were seen with the illness over the seven-day period.

Vomiting can be caused by a number of conditions, including norovirus, known as the vomiting bug, and food poisoning. The NHS says it should pass in one or two days.

Across the South West, cases of gastroenteritis increased last week.

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