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Number of Children Absent at York Virus Hit School Rises


2:46pm 21st November 2014
(Updated 3:57pm 21st November 2014)

The number of pupils absent from a school hit by a virus in York has risen to around 125 children.

Yesterday, 96 pupils were not in class at Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Catholic Primary School in Holgate, with York Council emphasising not all children absent will have the virus.

The school has been open as normal today but parents are asked to keep children off school if they show any signs of the virus which include:

  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhoea
  • Feeling sick
  • High temperature
  • Rash

Mums and dads are also advised to keep their children away from the school for two days after they recover.

There will be a second deep clean at the school over the weekend after a first one took place today.

Mark Ellis, Head of School Services at York Council, said:

“As usual, the school is following guidelines to minimise the impact of this bug. Another deep clean will be carried out this weekend and the whole school community has been asked to pay extra attention to hand washing. All parents have been reminded that children should not be sent to school with any symptoms and any who have been sick should be kept at home for at least 48 hours after the last episode. Meanwhile, the school is operating as normal, and thanks parents for their co-operation.”

Public Health England has also been notified of the incident. A spokesperson from Public Health England, said:

“We are aware that a number of pupils at Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Primary School are affected by a diarrhoea and vomiting illness."

“Anyone affected is advised to wash their hands thoroughly using soap and water and drying them after using the toilet, before preparing food and eating. Alcohol gels should not be relied upon."

“Those affected should also stay away from school or work until 48 hours after symptoms have ceased where possible, and not visit friends and relatives who may be vulnerable to illness in hospitals or care homes.

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