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SERHA: No increase in gastroenteritis cases in St Thomas

Published:Tuesday | September 1, 2015 | 2:57 PM

The South East Regional Health Authority (SERHA), says there has been no increase in gastroenteritis cases in St Thomas over the past five weeks.  

Gastroenteritis can be caused by the consumption of unclean water, especially during periods of drought.

The assertion follows reports from Jamaica Labour Party Eastern St Thomas caretaker, Delano Seiveright says that there has been a big increase in residents in the area reporting diarrhea, abdominal discomfort and other medical issues because of unhygienic water sources.  

SERHA's statement did not indicate the latest number of gastroenteritis cases in the parish. 

However, it says a review of surveillance data for the past five weeks, reveals no increase.

According to SERHA, the St Thomas Health Department will continue its surveillance activities, as well as health promotion and the monitoring of water quality. 

Meanwhile, the health authority is urging the residents of St Thomas to treat water being used for domestic purposes, especially water collected from untreated sources.