35 suspected cases of gastro on the south coast, report health officials

The Ministry of Health disclosed today that it is investigating 35 suspected cases of gastroenteritis on the island’s south coast.

Acting Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr Kenneth George said that the majority of cases occurred over Christmas and Old Year’s. The last report was a single case on January 3.

“So far, investigations suggest that the cause of the outbreak is likely to be viral in nature. While epidemiological investigations are continuing, no organisms have been identified through laboratory testing. In addition, the outbreak has not been linked to any particular food or beverage,” Dr George said.


Dr Kenneth George

According to the Chief Medical Officer, the incubation period for viral gastroenteritis was very short and the symptoms, mainly vomiting and diarrhoea, tended to be more short-lived than bacterial diseases. Persons contracting the illness are advised to make sure they are well –hydrated.

He appealed to private doctors to report all cases of suspected gastroenteritis to the Ministry.

Meanwhile, Chief Environmental Health Officer Francina Bascombe said today that the Environmental Health Department had increased the number of officers assigned to the area impacted by the sewage problems to 15.

The team has stepped up inspection of food businesses as well as increased its mosquito control activities. It has also widened the area of coverage to stretch from the Top Rock Roundabout to Hastings.

Senior Medical Officer of Health Dr Leslie Rollock identified the primary public health concerns as the risk of infection if contaminated water is ingested directly or indirectly, noxious smells and mosquito breeding.

“The risk for gastroenteritis from the contaminated water comes from ingestion which most likely would be inadvertent. Persons should repeatedly practice hand hygiene, frequently washing for at least 20 seconds with soap and water, or with an alcohol-based sanitiser,” she advised.

In relation to mosquito control, she said the Ministry was treating identified areas of standing water with a larvicidal chemical as well as continuous fogging to destroy adult mosquitos.

Dr Rollock assured the public that potable water from the taps was not connected to the sewage network and repeated tests had confirmed that tap water remained unaffected. (BGIS)

54 Responses to 35 suspected cases of gastro on the south coast, report health officials

  1. Dolores Huard
    Dolores Huard January 9, 2018 at 4:50 pm

    Careful Angela Gray (that’s ALL you need! 🙁 ).

    • hcalndre January 10, 2018 at 8:59 am

      There is a top class Barbadian Gastroenteritis doctor in Atlanta.

  2. Wendy Reece
    Wendy Reece January 9, 2018 at 5:17 pm

    Only 35☹️☹️☹️a lot more to come if the sewer is not fixed

  3. Styletitude Dimple
    Styletitude Dimple January 9, 2018 at 5:17 pm

    Kwanza Malika Beckles

  4. jrsmith January 9, 2018 at 5:46 pm

    This is what our politicians is doing to our people and giving our country a bad name…………… They all need to be gotten rid of…………………………..

    • hcalndre January 10, 2018 at 9:09 am

      jrsmith; 2 callers to VOB Brass Tax have accused the host of lying about the sewage issue, I know they are living in denial of the problem, that`s the real problem with Barbados. Why don`t they called Canada?

  5. Teresa Patterson
    Teresa Patterson January 9, 2018 at 5:48 pm

    This is not good not good at all… Avoidable… And mostly unacceptable

  6. Marcia Joseph
    Marcia Joseph January 9, 2018 at 5:50 pm

    I wonder why?

  7. Elvis Williams
    Elvis Williams January 9, 2018 at 5:51 pm

    why dont these people shut down this area it have been done before

  8. Raheem Griffith
    Raheem Griffith January 9, 2018 at 6:08 pm


  9. Peter Lowe
    Peter Lowe January 9, 2018 at 6:19 pm

    Heard that the new equipment to fix the problem is held up in customs…believe it or not….while people are getting sick every day

    • Michael Turton
      Michael Turton January 9, 2018 at 7:19 pm

      Hence other events over past few days takes more precedence than the health and economic impact this situation can have on the country… an executive order can solve the customs situation #PM…#MINISTERS. Same issue Peter Wickham was talking about today on “Down to Brasstacks” ….. the lack of government leadership. The department is not autonomous the PM/Minister responsible for that department can order the immediate release of the equipment…….unless someone is lying and no equipment has arrived.

    • Peter Lowe
      Peter Lowe January 9, 2018 at 7:30 pm

      I hear too that they stop de call in program on CBC…I wonder how the moderators that use to defend the Government and cut off people left right and centre feel now.

      • hcalndre January 10, 2018 at 9:21 am

        Peter Lowe; the DLP going to need that station and the yard fowls more than ever to spread their propaganda, the election is only weeks away, why would pay checks be a problem when the ‘talk ya talk” hosts are against the Unions for seeking monies that are due to the workers and I hear that they are pro bono moderators there.

  10. Chad Blackman
    Chad Blackman January 9, 2018 at 6:26 pm

    DLP must go. Imagine in the Minister of Health’s own constituency … #disgrace

    • Peter Lowe
      Peter Lowe January 9, 2018 at 6:40 pm

      Some people believe they’re doing an excellent job

  11. Michael Turton
    Michael Turton January 9, 2018 at 6:49 pm

    Bacteria related to raw sewage…. https://www.in.gov/isdh/22963.htm

    • hcalndre January 10, 2018 at 9:23 am

      Michael Turton; where are the 3 swimmers?

  12. Cheryl Alleyne
    Cheryl Alleyne January 9, 2018 at 6:56 pm

    We depends on tourism what do you expect then to tell us .

  13. Cheryl Alleyne
    Cheryl Alleyne January 9, 2018 at 7:01 pm

    People take precaution cause de hospital don’t have the meds to help ya. Mr editor was luck to get sick over seas otherwise he’s be the late editor now.

    • Gail Agard Wallace
      Gail Agard Wallace January 9, 2018 at 7:16 pm


    • Shelley Howard
      Shelley Howard January 9, 2018 at 9:22 pm

      Khati D’Souza I feel u on this! ALOT!

    • hcalndre January 10, 2018 at 9:28 am

      Cheryl Alleyne; that`s where all them get sick, politicians are the main ones, its Miami or New York here I am, not QEH.

  14. Alex Alleyne January 9, 2018 at 7:04 pm

    Remember the problem over at the School close to the Laundry ?. What was the end result apart from the School being shut down. All those who got sick , may be some dead while others suffering.
    Same thing will go down here unless some “high flier” bring a Law suit.

  15. Lauretta Smith
    Lauretta Smith January 9, 2018 at 7:29 pm

    And people on thr radio saying people talking negative of Barbados people talking the truth not hiding it

    • hcalndre January 10, 2018 at 9:40 am

      The truth hurts, where is the Londoner`s nephew and the other caller that wanted to rip Peter`s head off. I hope they call and give him their apology.

  16. Helen Charles Knighton
    Helen Charles Knighton January 9, 2018 at 7:44 pm

    Bajan taking this thing really laid back, people should be marching and the business people should shut down the whole island demanding the government’s resignation!

  17. Lauretta Smith
    Lauretta Smith January 9, 2018 at 8:03 pm

    True Helen Knighton i agree with you people health are at risk

  18. Mhizz FirstLady
    Mhizz FirstLady January 9, 2018 at 8:08 pm

    Not surprise

  19. Adrian Allison
    Adrian Allison January 9, 2018 at 8:19 pm

    That’s only thirty-five people so there’s no need to be alarmed because the authorities have this minor issue under control.
    Really ?
    First, gastro in its various forms provably maybe even cholera but it seems nothing will wake this government up to the severe threat that this country is under and this is happening,at a time when the hospital and the drug service is under immense pressure.
    Maybe this uncaring and incompetent government will react after we confirm the first case of cholera in Barbados.
    How could any right thinking Barbarian even entertain the thought of re-electing this pack of incompetent buffoons is beyond me and if this brewing health crisis isn’t enough to vote these people out of office then this government would have been given car

  20. Jeffrey Reid
    Jeffrey Reid January 9, 2018 at 8:28 pm

    The sewage system on.the south coast is outdated the whole system need.to be fix

  21. Mack January 9, 2018 at 8:30 pm

    Dr. George !!!! Who do you think you are fooling?????

    Even the dumest persons know that these conditions lead to the present state of illnesses.

    Please work at maintaining your integrety. Please!!

  22. milli watt January 9, 2018 at 8:31 pm

    wonder how far dat germ can get on a tyre

  23. Adrian Allison
    Adrian Allison January 9, 2018 at 8:36 pm

    This administration has contaminated the economy of this country for a decade now they have allowed this looming health crisis to be on the verge of destroying the health of Barbadian citizens.
    If Barbadians haven’t had enough reasons to get rid of this government absolutely nothing will.

  24. Jonathan Gonsalves
    Jonathan Gonsalves January 9, 2018 at 8:46 pm

    This is a drop in the bucket, a lot more cases just not reported. Barbados Today do some investigating lets see the real numbers!

  25. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce January 9, 2018 at 8:51 pm

    And this is only the beginning………..Fish vs Sewage. Sewage won, next on the list the Citizens and the QEH haven’t got the resources to cope with a serious epidemic. #stayathome

  26. Shelley Howard
    Shelley Howard January 9, 2018 at 8:56 pm

    Dave Clarke Peep hay!

  27. luther thorne January 9, 2018 at 9:00 pm

    The Sewage Situation in the South Sums up the Sad State of the DLP’s tenure in Office.

  28. Shelley Howard
    Shelley Howard January 9, 2018 at 9:00 pm

    They even know what to do…soon they will have to call in help!! Wait for it…..but might be too late!!

  29. luther thorne January 9, 2018 at 9:04 pm

    Stay away from the South
    Stay away from the Sewage
    I do not even plan passing near the South
    Bloody South coast !! Huh !
    Cor Blimey – Wunnah mekking bare sport

  30. Samantha Trotman
    Samantha Trotman January 9, 2018 at 9:16 pm

    He want firing cause when it started he said not sewage

  31. Nick January 9, 2018 at 9:24 pm

    Add me to the 35 people. I was diagnosed with it last saturday and I live in Rendezvous Christ Church.

  32. Nick January 9, 2018 at 9:24 pm

    I am no longer drinking tap water as well.

  33. Diane Dias
    Diane Dias January 9, 2018 at 9:32 pm


  34. Juliet Marshall
    Juliet Marshall January 9, 2018 at 9:41 pm

    Wha Richard Sealy is?

  35. Peter Lowe
    Peter Lowe January 9, 2018 at 9:46 pm

    Still got a lot of stupid Bajans that feel they doing well because the Grand parents and their parents were DEMS….so they can’t change

  36. Sean King
    Sean King January 9, 2018 at 10:02 pm

    Yet the PM remains silent and won’t even visit the area or people.SMH.

  37. Sean King
    Sean King January 9, 2018 at 10:04 pm

    And to make it worse this is the Minister of Health constituency and not a care in the world from him either.

  38. Bigs White
    Bigs White January 9, 2018 at 10:07 pm

    Ppl talkin about DLP must go all damn 2 must go BLP BLP CLP every damn LP want going stupes nun to go.damn good …..

  39. hcalndre January 10, 2018 at 3:57 pm

    No elections will be called until the sewage is fix, the Hyatt gets off the ground but time is short, the old lady said.

  40. Ossie Theophilus Moore January 10, 2018 at 4:00 pm

    Would you like to have your cabbage, colliflower, onions,shives and all vegies grown in human waste as is done in South Korea or would you rather take a boat ride in Venice and watch a lump float pass your gondilla(boat)? the discrepancy is being taken care of and all involve need to relocate their operation until its remidied. go dine and party in the West, East and Central locations of the island until. Tax deductions for business loss can be allocated tfor Incom tax purposes. Be citizens with civic minds.


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