Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

School Illnesses Blamed on Virus

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

School Illnesses Blamed on Virus

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Byline: By Graeme Whitfield

Health agencies investigating a bug which hit about 100 children and teachers at a North school identified the problem as the winter vomiting virus yesterday.

Staff from the Health Protection Agency's Durham branch have been working with environmental health officers and the Easington Primary Care Trust to identify the source of the vomiting outbreak at Blackhall Colliery Primary School.

The school closed earlier this week after more than 80 children and about 10 staff members fell ill.

Health officials believe the virus was brought into the school from the wider community, where it commonly circulates at this time of year.

Dr Deborah Wilson, from the Health Protection Agency, said: "We know that approximately 100 people at the school have been affected by this vomiting illness which is likely to be caused by a relatively common viral infection sometimes known as winter vomiting.

"Fortunately, the symptoms are short-lived and people recover quickly, within 48 hours. …

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