Health officials issued food poisoning advice to parents yesterday after three children from the same school were diagnosed with salmonella infections. This is from Wales Online…
The three are all pupils at Ysgol Gynradd Gymraeg Bryn-y-Môr in Brynmill, Swansea.
After laboratory tests confirmed they had the illness they are now recovering at home.
Family doctors in the Swansea area have been informed of the outbreak and will be looking carefully at cases of diarrhoea or vomiting in patients who might have connections with the affected school.
The initial source of the outbreak is still being looked for by Public Health Wales working with environmental health officers from Swansea Council who are jointly investigating the outbreak.
An Ysgol Gynradd Gymraeg Bryn-y-Môr spokeswoman said: “We have informed all parents about the situation and the steps they can take to prevent their child from contracting the condition.
“We are taking all necessary actions at the school and we have asked parents of children who may feel they have fallen ill to keep them at home for at least two days after the symptoms have worn off.”
Salmonella bacteria cause one of the most common forms of food poisoning worldwide.
There are more than 2,400 different types of salmonella (called serotypes).
The bacterium can be found in the gastrointestinal tract of wild and domestic animals, birds (especially poultry), reptiles, amphibians (for example, terrapins), and occasionally humans.
The food poisoning caused by salmonella can last up to seven days and can be serious for young people, the elderly and those with a poor immune system.
Salmonella is usually contracted by eating food such as red and white meats, raw eggs, milk and other dairy products which contain the bacterium.
Dr Mac Walapu, consultant in public health from Public Health Wales, said: “Infection with salmonella can cause diarrhoea, stomach cramps, vomiting and fever.
“Although it is an unpleasant illness, people who become ill with salmonella generally make a full recovery.
“We are working with environmental health officers and the school to investigate the possible cause for the outbreak.
“Careful hand washing will help prevent cases of diarrhoea and vomiting from spreading.
“But it advised people do not share towels. Also, use gloves when handling soiled articles from people who are ill.”
Public Health Wales advises that toilet seats, flush handles, wash-hand basin taps and toilet door handles should be disinfected daily and after use.
It also issued this advice: “Maintain good personal hygiene and hygienic preparation and serving of food.
“If you have gastroenteritis, don’t return to school or work until you have been symptom-free for 48 hours.
“Don’t visit patients in local hospitals and long-term care facilities.
“While many people tend to feel better sooner, illness can still be spread if they return to work or school within 48 hours since the last symptom.”
Anyone who is unwell with gastrointestinal symptoms is being advised to contact their GP or NHS Direct on 0845 46 47.