Primary school closed after 150 pupils, 14 staff catch norovirus in one day

The Herald Scotland is reporting that an Edinburgh primary school has been temporarily closed after 150 pupils fell ill with norovirus in a day…

Around 14 staff have also caught the winter vomiting bug at Oxgangs Primary School in Edinburgh, forcing authorities to shut it until next week.

Health officials said the bug has been “circulating in the community” but that it is short-lived and children usually recover quickly.

A deep clean will be carried out at the school and nursery, which is due to reopen on Monday…

Dr Lorna Willocks, consultant in public health at NHS Lothian, said: “Due to the large number of children affected at Oxgangs Primary we have advised the school to close until Monday, in order to try to shorten the duration of the outbreak.

“Norovirus is highly infectious and can spread very easily. You can still be infectious up to 48 hours after your symptoms go, so although you may feel better you may still be passing on the bug to others during this time. So, it is very important that if you have had sickness and diarrhoea that you stay off school or work for at least 48 hours after your symptoms go away…

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Nightmare – it makes me feel a bit queasy just reading about it…

 

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