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Last Updated: Thursday, 2 February 2006, 17:46 GMT
City's sickness outbreak spreads
An outbreak of sickness and diarrhoea, which has seen children and staff sent home and schools closed, is hitting more sites in Birmingham.

Up to 40 schools have been affected, with 17 expected to be closed on Friday and some already announcing they will stay shut into next week.

The number of schools closed has risen through the week.

The outbreak has also affected schools in parts of the Black Country, Shropshire and Staffordshire.

Symptoms suffered includes vomiting, high fevers, diarrhoea and lethargy.

BIRMINGHAM'S CLOSED SCHOOLS
Benson Community Primary, Hockley
Birches Green Junior, Erdington
Birches Green Infant, Erdington
Birchfield Community Primary, Aston
Grove Primary, Handsworth
Hawthorn Primary, Kingstanding
Leigh Primary, Washwood Heath
Mansfield Green, Aston
Matthew Boulton Community Primary, Handsworth
Perry Beeches Junior, Great Barr
Prince Albert's Primary, Aston
Stechford Primary, Stechford
Summerfield Primary, Winson Green
St Matthew's CE Junior and Infants, Nechells
Ward End Primary, Ward End
Watville Primary, Handsworth
Welsh House Farm Community Primary, Quinton
World's End Junior, Quinton

Birmingham City Council said most children have been off school between two and four days, with one child admitted to hospital.

Parents are asked to make sure children are free of all symptoms for 24 hours before sending youngsters back to school.

Schools have been told to notify unexplained increases in absences to the Health Protection Unit and the city council.

A council spokesman said: "Information on the infections and outbreaks has been sent to local GPs and schools.

"Parents of affected children have been advised to keep their children off school, make sure they rest and drink plenty of fluids, use paracetamol and/or ibuprofen to reduce high temperatures and keep good hand hygiene."




SEE ALSO:
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02 Feb 06 |  West Midlands


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