100 chil­dren sent home over school Norovirus fears

Evening Times - - NEWS -

MORE than 100 pupils and staff at a Glas­gow pri­mary school have been sent home fol­low­ing an out­break of the win­ter vom­it­ing bug.

Stu­dents at St An­gela’s Pri­mary School in Darn­ley first re­ported signs of the highly con­ta­gious Norovirus on Tues­day, but the school re­mained open.

How­ever young­sters and staff mem­bers con­tin­ued feel­ing the ef­fects of the ill­ness on Wednes­day and the de­ci­sion was taken to ad­vise pupils to steer clear un­til the out­break has passed.

A Glas­gow City Coun­cil spokes­woman con­firmed the ab­sences, adding a “deep clean” of the premises was un­der way.

Stu­dents re­port­edly told teach­ers they were ex­pe­ri­enc­ing nau­sea and dizzi­ness ear­lier in the week.

More than 100 pupils are thought to have been sent home af­ter ex­hibit­ing symp­toms in­clud­ing vom­it­ing and di­ar­rhoea.

An in­for­ma­tion leaflet has been dis­trib­uted to par­ents with ad­vice on how to treat young­sters im­pacted by the dis­ease, in­clud­ing en­sur­ing they are kept hy­drated and im­prov­ing per­sonal hy­giene.

A coun­cil spokesper­son said:

“Most peo­ple with norovirus will make a full re­cov­ery in one to two days. It is im­por­tant to keep hy­drated – es­pe­cially chil­dren and the el­derly. Good hand hy­giene us­ing soap and wa­ter is im­por­tant to stop the spread of the virus.

“Any­one with norovirus should stay away from school or work un­til 48 hours af­ter their symp­toms have stopped.”

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