Gastrointestinal virus circulating in Aruba

ORANJESTAD - The Department of Public Health (DVG) warns the community about the gastrointestinal disease circulating in Aruba.

Symptoms of gastrointestinal illness are diarrhea and vomiting caused by a virus, bacteria, or parasite.

The transmission of the micro-organism occurs through contact. It happens when infected persons go o the toilet and do not wash their hands properly. It also occurs when caregivers change diapers or assist vomiting individuals and fail to wash their hands properly with soap.

Vomiting – symptom gastrointestinal disease.The infected person or caregiver transfers the micro-organism to another surface, which another person picks up and now carries the micro-organism in their hands. When they touch their mouth, it enters their system. It can cause abdominal pain, fever, diarrhea, and vomiting.

It is essential to wash hands well with plenty of soap to prevent the spread of gastrointestinal disease. Wash hands regularly with soap and water, before eating, after going to the toilet, or at any other time of the day. It is also crucial to disinfect objects, namely toilets, flush buttons, toilet door handles, or any surface touched by others.

What to do if you have diarrhea or vomiting:

  • Don't go to work, school, or daycare;
  • Check for dehydration, especially in children and seniors;
  • Drinks plenty of fluids, such as water, apple juice, broth, Pedialite, etc. If the infected persons have no appetite, they must get hydrated.
  • Monitor the person's body temperature. Consult your doctor if the body temperature rises above 38 degrees Celsius.

 For more information follow and follow the Department of Public Health DVG Aruba on Facebook, Follow directie_volksgezondheid_aruba on Instagram, visit, call 5224200, or send an email to

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