Nurs­ery closed as kids hit by sick­ness bug

Evening Express (City Final) - - Front Page - By Dale Haslam

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.

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