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Health & Fitness 'Norovirus outbreaks' close number of Northern Ireland schools

18:30  26 november  2019
18:30  26 november  2019 Source:   belfastlive.co.uk

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A number of schools across Northern Ireland have been forced to close in a bid to stem 'Norovirus outbreaks'.

The Public Health Agency said it is "aware of a number of schools that have seen an increase in children experiencing vomiting and diarrhoea or flu-like illnesses".

Norovirus, which is often described as the "winter vomiting bug", has hit attendances with as many as 150 calling in sick last Thursday in one secondary school while P7s have missed AQE exams and a primary has cancelled its Christmas panto.

But the situation doesn't appear to be getting any better as Killinchy headmaster Christopher Currie said their worst day followed a 'deep clean' while the school was closed on Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

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NOROVIRUS has caused outbreaks across many parts of the UK, resulting in school and hospital The virus is incredibly contagious, spread through close contact with someone with norovirus or Last week, a number of people were reported falling ill after attending a Lego brick show in Bristol.

Copmanthorpe Primary School in York was closed at 12:00 GMT on Monday and will re-open on Thursday morning. York council said the decision was made "We're aware that the school has taken the decision to close until later in the week to enable deep cleaning to take place." What is norovirus ?

He said: "Our worst day is actually today (Tuesday) believe it or not.

"Even though we did the deep clean obviously whatever bugs these are, the kids already had them because they certainly didn't get sick today as the place was disinfected from top to bottom from Saturday through to Monday night.

"We sent 17 children home today. Across the Wednesday, Thursday, Friday outbreak we were 55 children down on absence which was crisis point and we decided to do a voluntary closure on Friday."

Mr Currie has praised the Education Authority's support as well as the guidance from the Public Health Agency.

"They responded very quickly and had cleaners here first thing on Saturday morning," he explained.

"And were very quick to approve the closure on the Monday."

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He said a lot of parents were supportive of the closure and has urged everyone with children at the school not to send their kids back for 48 hours if they are sick in a bid to control the spread of the winter bug.

He added: "We have two types of illnesses running parallel, the flu-type illness and the vomiting norovirus. The two things side-by-side are wiping us out.

"For our P7s, this has landed right on their AQE exams. The poor children have been working for a year and a half, two years in preparation for this test but on Saturday morning it all kicked off and a number of children didn't sit their AQE.

"Our biggest fear is trying to get our P7s on their two feet through to Saturday.

"It's very frustrating that parents will send their children back to school despite the guidance we have given to please exclude for 48hours - we had kids in school who we know were sick last night and their parents sent them back this morning. It is causing us no end of trouble and has started the whole thing rolling again today."

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A school in the Magherafelt area is understood to have been closed for a clean two weeks ago.

But the bug has taken a serious hold in Co Down where scores of pupils have taken off sick from Bangor Grammar, Priory Integrated, Killinchy and Clandeboye and Victoria Primary Schools.

Bangor Grammar pupil attendance has dropped in recent weeks with a large number of illnesses.

Killinchy Primary School was closed at the weekend for a deep clean and stayed closed on Monday. Some of the children are now back to school, though local reports suggest quite a few remain off sick.

Clandeboye Primary School issued advice to parents on Tuesday saying they are closing on Wednesday to be cleaned and as a result the Christmas panto also appears to have been cancelled.

A statement posted to social media on Tuesday morning reads: "We will be closed tomorrow to allow for deep cleaning in an attempt to stem the spread of the winter vomiting bug. We need to keep phone lines open and are asking parents to please refrain from telephoning school regarding pantomime refunds. We will deal with this in due course."

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"The number of sick people is increasing every day at a very alarming rate," the release continues. "The outbreak has been identified and confirmed by specimen testing to be the norovirus which is highly contagious. norovirus commonly spreads through touching surfaces contaminated with the

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Lurgan Junior High School has issued advice for parents following "increasing cases of sickness in the local area... in order to minimise the impact on our school".

A spokesperson for the Public Health Agency said: "While it is not unusual to see an increase in illness at this time of year, we are urging people to take simple steps to help prevent the spread of illness.

"Respiratory illness, as well as other illnesses such as vomiting and diarrhoea, can be very common at this time of year. For most people they are short-term, unpleasant illnesses, with most of us getting better within a few days. However, we can all play our part in keeping illnesses at bay and helping to protect more vulnerable people, for whom they can present a more serious risk.

"We would urge people to get the flu vaccine if eligible, take extra care with hand hygiene and, if you are feeling unwell, take simple steps to prevent the spread."

Tips to avoid illness:

·Carry tissues and use them to cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze, dispose of the dirty tissues quickly and wash your hands regularly.

·Always maintain good personal hygiene, in particular wash your hands after going to the toilet and before preparing or eating food.

·If you are vomiting or have diarrhoea, don’t visit friends or relatives in hospital or residential and nursing homes, and avoid visiting your GP’s surgery – it is much better to phone for advice first.

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