VIRAL INFECTIONS ON ST HELENA

The Health Directorate wishes to advise the public that there is currently chicken pox on the Island and a human viral infection going around, with symptoms including diarrhoea, vomiting, high temperatures, dry cough and body aches.

Please be advised that these conditions, in the majority, are self-limiting and can be managed at home with rest, regular fluids and painkillers e.g. paracetamol (available in most local shops).

But the viruses are contagious and the Health Directorate would like to ask those with any of the viruses to avoid attending the Hospital where possible. Patients at risk include young children and the elderly.

If symptoms are not improving after 72 hours please do seek medical advice.

If parents are concerned about the health of their children they should contact the Hospital or Pharmacist on 22500 to seek further advice.

Parents of children with any of the viruses are advised that you will not be required to produce a green medical certificate for any school absence on this occasion.

Source: St Helena Government

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