Rates of stomach illness fall in the region

PUBLISHED: 12:00 27 May 2019

People visiting doctors in the region for stomach-related illnesses has dropped.	Picture: Getty Images

People visiting doctors in the region for stomach-related illnesses has dropped. Picture: Getty Images

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Levels of flu, vomiting, diarrhoea and gastroenteritis remain above the national average, Public Health England figures reveal.

Despite this, flu, diarrhoea and gastroenteritis levels have dropped away in recent days.

GPs in the area reported seeing five patients with flu-like symptoms between May 6-12, which was a decrease from seven in the previous week.

However, levels were 120 per cent higher than expected compared to the national figure, which normally sits at around 22 per cent.

Doctors also saw 58 patients with diarrhoea in the same time frame, at a rate of 68.8 patients per 100,000 people - 26 fewer than the previous week.

But rates of the illness were still 76 per cent higher than expected in the region.

Sixty seven patients had gastroenteritis, 24 per cent above expected levels, and 15 had vomiting symptoms.

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