Nursery closed as kids hit by sickness bug
A NURSERY was forced to close and is poised to undergo a deep clean this weekend after dozens of children were struck down by a vomiting bug.
The nursery at Hazlehead School in Aberdeen was shut yesterday after 29 of 80 pupils complained of feeling poorly.
The school chose to close the nursery as a precaution to stop a further spread of the gastrointestinal infection, which can be transmitted via food and touch.
Senior staff alerted NHS Grampian bosses and they instructed the NHS health protection team to send a letter to parents containing advice on how to prevent the spread of the infection and how to treat it.
A spokesman for Aberdeen City Council confirmed the nursery had been closed for the day “following a suspected outbreak of gastrointestinal infection which has affected around 29 of the 80 children who attend there”.
He added: “The closure is precautionary to avoid the further spread of infection and is in line with our procedures for dealing with infections of this nature.
“The NHS Health Protection Team were notified and they are liaising closely with the head teacher at the school with regards to the actions which need to be taken.
“Parents have been informed of the closure and have been issued with a letter highlighting the importance of keeping children away from the school for 48 hours after any symptoms have cleared.
“A deep clean of the nursery is being undertaken this weekend – as per standard procedure – and we anticipate the nursery being open as normal on Monday.”
In the letter, NHS Grampian’s consultant in public health medicine Diana Webster said: “There have recently been a number of children affected with diarrhoea and/or vomiting.
“At this time of the year, it is common for viral infections to cause these symptoms.” She said parents should encourage thorough handwashing particularly after visiting the toilet and before eating or preparing any food and advised them to contact their GP if they have concerns about their child’s illness.
“If symptoms persist for longer than 48 hours please contact your GP who will arrange for appropriate samples to be taken,” added Dr Webster.
Affected around 29 of the 80 children who attend
Precaution: The nursery at Hazlehead School closed due to illness.
Advice: Consultant in public health medicine Dr Diana Webster.