The Express is reporting that shigellosis – a contagious bug – has spread through three schools in the UK – causing chronic diarrhoea or dysentery, nausea, fever and stomach cramps among those affected.
Health bosses have issued a warning after students at three schools in Stoke-On-Trent were struck by by the bug. So far, there have been five confirmed cases of the condition.
The bacteria, which causes dysentery, can be passed in faeces or spread from an infected person to contaminate food or water, or directly to another person.
It is most likely to spread if people don’t wash their hands after going to the toilet.
Dr David Kirrage, consultant with PHE West Midlands Health Protection Team, is now advising parents to ensure their children wash their hands properly.
“The schools have taken measures to reduce the risk of this infection being passed on including enhanced cleaning of communal areas and touch points, supervised hand washing, and ensuring children with symptoms do not return to school until they are free from the infection.
“Shigella can be very unpleasant but is rarely serious; however it is important that if a child develops Shigellosis symptoms, the family GP is contacted.”
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