Swapping handwashing for sanitiser partly to blame for Victoria’s gastro outbreak

Swapping handwashing for sanitiser partly to blame for Victoria’s gastro outbreak

The Guardian

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Experts warn hand sanitiser less effective on gastro virus, as cases continue to spread in childcare and early education centres

People using hand sanitiser instead of – rather than as well as – washing their hands have in part been blamed for an outbreak of viral gastroenteritis in Victoria.

In March, Victorian health authorities warned gastroenteritis cases were up four-fold from the five-year average. On Monday, the Department of Health said viral gastroenteritis was continuing to spread, with 389 outbreaks in childcare and early education centres so far in 2021 – an increase of 140 on the previous month.

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