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Norovirus outbreak shuts Penwortham school

Posted on - 21st May, 2016 - 3:24pm | Author - | Posted in - News, Penwortham, Schools
Kingsfold Primary School was closed on Friday morning Pic: Google

Kingsfold Primary School was closed on Friday morning Pic: Google

A Penwortham school has been closed until further notice due to a norovirus outbreak.

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Parents were turned away from the school gates at Kingsfold Primary School on Friday (20 May) morning after Public Health England ordered the school to be shut.

Consultant in health protection Dr Nicola Schinaia has written to all parents.

She states: “We have identified that a number of children within school are off ill at the present time with symptoms of vomiting and/or diarrhoea and fever.

“The numbers are large than would normally be expected, so after discussion with the Cumbria and Lancashire Health Protection team we are writing to parents.

“The symptoms are suggestive of viral gastroenteritis (also known as norovirus) and it is known that high levels of viral illness are currently circulating in the community.”

One parent, who asked not to be named, said a number of teachers had also been struck down with the illness. She said her son was ‘very unwell’.

The school in Martin Field Road is being deep cleaned over the weekend. Around 120 pupils are understood to attend the school and one parent said around half of pupils were showing symptoms of norovirus.

Another parent has contacted Blog Preston to say text messages had been sent to parents to advise them the school would reopen on Monday morning. The headteacher has now confirmed the school will reopen on Monday (May 23).

Any parents who has a child they suspect has norovirus is asked to keep them off school until they have been symptom free for 48 hours. Information on norovirus and its symptoms can be found on the patient.co.uk website.

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