The Department of Public Health in Oak Park has issued a warning to parents about a stomach bug that is spreading in local schools. Known as gastroenteritis, this illness causes symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhea, nausea, abdominal cramps, fever, headache, and body aches.
Gastroenteritis can be contracted through consuming contaminated food or water, person to person contact, contact with contaminated surfaces, and through particles in vomit that spread through the air and land on surfaces or enter a person’s mouth. The main complication of this illness is dehydration. To avoid getting sick, it is recommended to wash your hands with warm water and soap, use separate personal items, keep a distance from anyone infected and disinfect hard surfaces regularly.
If you experience vomiting or diarrhea, it’s important to stay home and if a child develops symptoms it’s encouraged to inform the school and keep them home until they have resolved. Health officials remind parents to take their children to the doctor if symptoms persist for more than three days or worsen.