Currently the city is experiencing an increase in the number of cases of diarrhoea and vomiting in school aged children consistent with viral gastroenteritis. This is often caused by Norovirus, a frequent cause of vomiting and diarrhoea during the winter.

The most common symptom of Norovirus is vomiting. Diarrhoea tends to be short-lived and less severe than with other causes of gastroenteritis. Other symptoms include nausea, abdominal cramps, headache, muscle aches, chills and fever. The illness is usually self-limiting in nature and gets better without antibiotics, which are not appropriate for viral illnesses. Symptoms usually last between one and three days and can in the main be managed at home. Antibiotics are not appropriate as this is a viral illness.

Pupils who become ill will be sent home as soon as possible; if pupils cannot go home, they will kept away from other pupils until they can be collected. Parents should keep their child off  school for 48 hours from the last episode of diarrhoea or vomiting. This is a really important control measure to limit the spread of this infection.

Norovirus is highly contagious – it is particularly prevalent in schools and nurseries as the virus can survive for several days on surfaces or objects. It is important to promote good hand hygiene both at school and at home.

Please let school know if your daughter becomes unwell with these symptoms.

Further advice about norovirus and how to manage an outbreak at home can be found by visiting