Don't let stomach flu get you down...3 ways to stay on top this tummy bug season

Tummy bugs are a major concern over the summer. So much so that the period between November until May has been referred to as the diarrheal season.

The Western Cape Health Department's Jo-Anne Otto said almost 41 000 children under the age of five were treated for diarrhoea and related ailments in the province last year.

She explored three ways in which families can avoid the viral and bacterial contamination spreading to their homes or place of work.

1. Hygiene: This includes correct handwashing.

2. Correct preparation and storage of food: Be aware of temperatures around your food.

3. The environment: Take precautions against flies.

Our biggest problem is that we take germs from one place to another.

Jo-Anne Otto, Principal Communications officer, Cape Winelands District

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