Doncaster school reopens following suspected norovirus outbreak

Norovirus particles.
Norovirus particles.

A Doncaster primary school has reopened today, following a suspected outbreak of norovirus that led to dozens of children falling ill and the school closing for two days.

Bentley High Street Primary School was closed on Thursday and Friday for a ‘deep-clean’ following the suspected outbreak.

The South Yorkshire Health Protection Team of Public Health England confirmed it had been advising the school, which it believed was ‘affected by an outbreak of suspected norovirus’.

No other Doncaster schools are thought to have been affected by the suspected outbreak.

The illness is often known as ‘winter vomiting disease’ because the number of cases tend to increase during the winter months.

Norovirus symptoms include: symptoms are vomiting, which is often sudden and ‘projectile’, diarrhoea and sometimes both.

Some people may also experience a raised temperature, headaches and aching limbs.

Public Health England has issued the following advice for anyone who may be affected by norovirus-type symptoms:

• Stay away from school or work until 48 hours after symptoms have ceased

• Follow good hygiene measures, including thorough hand-washing, particularly after visiting the toilet.

• Drink plenty of fluids and rest to prevent dehydration.

• Make sure that any surface contaminated by vomit or faeces is thoroughly disinfected after an episode of illness

• If symptoms worsen or persist for more than 48 hours, contact your family doctor or take advice from NHS 111.

• Delay any visits to hospitals, care or nursing homes or schools until fully recovered and don’t visit people who are especially vulnerable to infection, such as elderly relatives.

• If visiting someone in hospital, even if you are well, obey the signs for hand washing before entering and after leaving wards.