Gastro Outbreak in Adelaide and the Adelaide Hills


As you may have heard from your school, childcare or kindy that your child is attending, unfortunately, there is a Gastro outbreak in Adelaide and the Adelaide hills.

An outbreak like this is an important reminder to practice good hand hygiene and stay home if you are unwell.

Gastro’s symptoms can take two to three days to develop and include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fever, abdominal pain, headache and muscle ache. Symptoms usually last between one to two days.

We have had no cases attend our facility at Klemzig, but it is essential to remember that if your child has caught this nasty bug, they need to be out of the pool for two weeks. Here at SOLS, we already have a Happy Nappy policy introduced to keep our centre germ free. Happy Nappies are tight-fitting waterproof nappies that prevent leakage, unlike other nappies. We are also cleaning as usual for prevention.

Diarrhoea and swimming don’t mix

SA Health recommend that people with diarrhoea should not use a swimming pool until two weeks after the diarrhoea stops.

  • Cryptosporidium (Crypto) is a parasite that causes diarrhoea and is spread from an infected person through faeces and can make other people very sick
  • people can spread Crypto while they have diarrhoea and for two weeks after the diarrhoea stops
  • crypto is not killed by normal levels of swimming pool disinfection
  • crypto can be spread by infected people in swimming pools.

Babies and young children

SA Health recommend that children should not be allowed to swim if they have had diarrhoea in the last two weeks.

  • children who are not toilet trained should wear tight fitting, waterproof pants or swim nappies when in the pool
  • always change nappies in a bathroom or on a change table, never poolside or on tables designed for eating
  • always wash your hands thoroughly after changing a nappy
  • if young children do have an accident in the pool, report it immediately so that appropriate action can be taken to treat the water.

To find out more about on Public swimming pools and South Australian Public Health (in General)  Click on the link below.

Thanks again for all your support!
The SOLS team

If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

An outbreak like this is an important reminder to practice good hand hygiene and stay home if you are unwell.

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