Diarrhoea and Vomiting

Diarrhoea - for symptoms and self-care advice click http://www.health.govt.nz/your-health/conditions-and-treatments/diseases-and-illnesses/diarrhoea

Vomiting - for symptoms and self-care advice click http://www.health.govt.nz/your-health/conditions-and-treatments/diseases-and-illnesses/vomiting

If you live in a Residential College it is very important that you let your RA /Warden know you are unwell. The College can then care for you and also take measures to reduce the spread of infection (eg you may be allocated a separate bathroom)

If you work as a food handler you must not work until all your symptoms have settled for 48 hours. In addition do not prepare food for others - for example in a flat and for 48 hours after your symptoms have settled

Please do not attend classes, lectures, labs until your symptoms have settled. Please do not put others at risk of picking up any infections

If you feel you need to attend Student Health please phone us first and give a brief outline of your problem. This information helps us provide the most suitable care. This may mean phone advice, seeing a health professional or having prescribed medication, observation and rest at Student Health for several hours

The single most effective way of stopping the spread of infectious diarrhoea/vomiting is hand-washing. Use soap, warm water and rub hands for at least 20 seconds, then dry them for a further 20 seconds. Cleaning: use bleach diluted (20 ml-4 teaspoons to 1 litre water) to clean, taps, toilets, bench tops.


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University of Otago
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Dunedin 9054
New Zealand

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