Monday, March 27, 2017


Today we spoke to Dr. Monique Marais who is a qualified Gastroenterologist, which is someone who specializes in gut of your stomach oesophagus, small bowel colon and liver diseases. This means they deal a lot with gastroenteritis, inflammatory bowel disease reflux disease and all types of liver disease.

We spoke about Norovirus, which is also known as a winter vomiting bug. Norovirus is a very common cause of gastroenteritis in both adults and children. It is a virus that antibiotics will not help for. It is a self limiting disease which last for up till six days, but only reveals it self on the 3rd day.

This virus is transmitted from person to person via food, physical touch hence hygiene is of utmost importance. Some symptoms of the virus are nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, abdominal pain, lost of taste, weakness, muscle aches, headaches and fever. And can effect all age groups, hence it is important if you suspect dehydration seek medical assistance. If left untreated it could get dangerous.

Some tips to prevent Norovirus are:
Follow a healthy diet, have enough fruit and veggies to get enough vitamins especially Vitamin C.  
Get enough sleep.
Was your hands as often as possible.

For more information the doctor advice google, before consulting a doctor.

                               By: Jasnine Roberts

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