HSE concerned over potentially serious stomach bug in children

The HSE is advising parents of the importance of hand hygiene for children because of what it describes as ‘a large increase in a potentially serious stomach bug over the last few weeks.’


It mainly affects smaller children, aged about 1 to 4 years.


Children who spend time outdoors, particularly on farms, are more likely to pick up the bug.


Teresa O Dowd, specialist registrar in public health medicine with HSE North West, has been telling Ocean FM News about the extent of the infection and why it might be happening now.