Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

School Reports Dozens of Pupils Being Hit by Bug; Health Officials Step in to Advise

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

School Reports Dozens of Pupils Being Hit by Bug; Health Officials Step in to Advise

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Byline: JOANNE WELFORD joanne.welford@trinitymirror.com @joannewelford

PUBLIC health officials are working with an east Cleveland school after children were struck down with a sickness bug.

The health protection body Public Health England has confirmed a number of youngsters have been reported absent from Huntcliff Secondary School in Saltburn in the past few days with vomiting and respiratory type symptoms.

Pupils who suffering and diarrhoea not return 48 Dr Simon Official figures have yet to be confirmed but The Gazette has been told the number of children affected could be more than 100 - which would mean almost a quarter of pupils at the 420-capacity secondary school are off sick. Advice has been issued to parents, said a spokesman for Public Health England (PHE), which includes guidance on treating and managing symptoms as well as the importance of hand hygiene to help stop the spread of infection.

It it the latest Teesside school to be struck by a serious sickness bug. St Mark's Primary in Fairfield, Stockton, was closed for two days last week to undergo a deep clean after a high number of its pupils came down with flu and norovirus type symptoms.

Public Health England North East's health protection team and Redcar and Cleveland Council are working with the school after receiving reports of vomiting and respiratory symptoms amongst pupils, a spokesman for the health body told The Gazette yesterday.

Dr Simon Howard, consultant in health protection for PHE in the North East, said: "At this time of year it is not uncommon for viruses including influenza (flu) and norovirus to circulate have been vomiting should for at least hours.

Howard in the community and in schools. "The risk of infection can be reduced by practising good hand hygiene, particularly after using the toilet, after using a tissue to catch a cough or a sneeze, and before eating. …

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