Mass sickness outbreak closes York school

City of York Council's West Offices. Photograph: YorkMix

A York school has closed after a mass sickness outbreak.

More than 50 pupils and staff at Copmanthorpe Primary School have been affected by the suspected norovirus outbreak so far.

A City of York Council spokeswoman, said:

  • We can confirm that Copmanthorpe Primary School will close at 12 noon today, reopening on Wednesday morning, following a suspected norovirus outbreak.

    The decision to close the school was taken following consultation with the council’s public health team and Public Health England, and will enable a full deep clean of the school buildings and equipment to be carried out.

The school will not be making any further statement at this time.

What is norovirus?

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Norovirus, also called the “winter vomiting bug”, is a stomach bug that causes vomiting and diarrhoea. It can be very unpleasant, but usually goes away in about 2 days.

Symtoms
The main symptoms of norovirus are:

  • feeling sick (nausea)
  • diarrhoea
  • being sick (vomiting)

You may also have:

  • a high temperature of 38C or above
  • a headache
  • aching arms and legs

The symptoms start suddenly within 1 to 2 days of being infected.

How to treat norovirus yourself
You can usually treat yourself or your child at home. You should start to feel better in a day or two.

Source: NHS online
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